Assistance for those affected by “mini tornado” in Chase Village

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    The Social Development Ministry has offered assistance to the families whose homes were damaged by a mini tornado in Chase Village yesterday.

    The heavy wind and rains resulted in damage to the roofs of three homes, and several other houses in the area.

    Among those most affected was Beharry Crowe who lives with her husband, three children and nephew.

    She says the entire family is still traumatized, and is now grateful for any assistance, since most of their furniture and appliances, school supplies and food supplies were destroyed.

    According to Director of the National Social Development Programme, Patricia De Leon Henry, the family was assessed and will be recommended for the housing repairs grant which amounts to a maximum of $20,000 for persons who were affected by a disaster.

    She also indicated that the family will be eligible for temporary food support and the household assistance grant from the Ministry, to assist in the replacement of household items.

    The Ministry is also prepared to assist with replacing any school items which were lost as a result of the incident.

    A visit by the Disaster Management Unit of the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation found that at least 19 families were affected and some were without shelter.

    The Ministry says assessments were conducted in order to provide the necessary disaster relief assistance.