The heart of the nation is heavy from the recent spate of flooding the likes of which we have not seen in living memory. The Prime Minister called it a “national disaster” and Archbishop Gordon spoke of “a distress that is national”.
Many persons have lost practically everything—houses, appliances, vehicles, crops, livestock, pets. We are grateful God has spared us loss of human life. Drone photographs of the flooding show a significant portion of the nation under water. The Caroni river repeatedly breached its banks; north and south were separated for days.
Yet through all this, the Trini sense of humour, rooted in our history of violence and hope, was apparent. People joked as they helped others: “Doh worry; we coming for allyuh.”