The Works Ministry says there was an arson attack on the Bamboo #1 Pump Site today.
It adds that the malicious act has severely impacted the operations there, as the structural integrity of the building, intake lines, electrical pump and fuel lines were all considerably damaged.
A preliminary assessment by the Ministry’s Mechanical Services Division estimates damages to be between $300,000 and $500,000 dollars.
Works Minister Rohan Sinanan has condemned the act, saying “any act of sabotage is grossly irresponsible and unpatriotic”.
He says over the last year, the Ministry invested considerably to upgrade the facility which plays a critical role in the flood mitigation plan for the area.
He adds that they have now been forced to take equipment from other sites to supplement this shortfall at Bamboo#1, placing other communities at risk.
He assured that a full investigation will be conducted, and that emergency mobile units will be mobilized to assist with flood mitigation while repair works are being undertaken.