BLP chides Government over ‘slow response’ in Harvey’s wake

The Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) has criticized Government’s response to the damage caused by Tropical Storm Harvey in Parish Land, Christ Church, where several homes suffered extensive damage.

During a visit to the affected area this morning, BLP hopeful in Christ Church East Wilfred Abrahams applauded the community for coming together to assist those whose homes had been damaged.

However, he criticized the authorities for not responding more quickly to provide relief to the affected residents.

“If the major damage happened out here in Parish Land and there are ten houses that are seriously affected then we should be seeing a flood of governmental assistance out here in Parish Land. It is not like it is widespread across Barbados, so when we look at our emergency protocols and how we respond to situations we need to just not look at the big picture,” Abrahams said.

“We need to be more serious about how we deal with catastrophes and how we plan to deal with things that we can’t control. Hurricanes will happen, storms will happen, tornados will pop up, we can’t control those. But we can control how we respond to them and how we deal with them and we must deal with them in a way that makes the people who are affected feel that they are important and their safety and the well-being of their family is a priority.”

A BLP team led by Mia Mottley, the political leader, visited the area to offer assistance to the affected residents.

Mottley said there was much to be thankful for, because Harvey could have inflicted even more damage.

She also appealed to Barbadians to be supportive of each other in the aftermath of the storm.

“We as Barbadians should give thanks. The passing of Tropical Storm Harvey has given damage but it could have been a lot worse.

“We need to be there for one another at this point in time. The rebuilding effort for those families that have been affected is acute, but luckily we don’t have it across the country so that makes is more palatable,” she said.

25 Responses to BLP chides Government over ‘slow response’ in Harvey’s wake

  1. John Everatt August 19, 2017 at 2:46 am

    Nobody, not BLP of DLP has really offered any assistance. DLP says “help is on the way” and BLP says “great job community but government is late in helping you”. None of this is helping these people. We still have people who were promised help after Tomas but as yet have had no help. Words of encouragement are great but real help needs to be a bit more concrete. I certainly feel for these people but that doesn’t help them either.

  2. jrsmith August 19, 2017 at 4:07 am

    This just show how horrible everything is in barbados politically,…
    This guy and the BLP should just , go some where stuff a sock in they mouths and hide…………………….The opposition party , allowed this government to hold our people to ransom for 9 years and done nothing, they allowed the government to do as they like , when they like , Mia tried now and then but she had no strong support from her party, they all behave like a bunch of cowards , frighten to give real challenge , voters should start thinking , they vote , they vote and why………….

    • Jennifer August 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Jrsmith – there is nothing else to do. These politicians are this people yard stick and new whipping boy since slavery. They hinder the progress of blacks people to allow the others to move past. If one of the other races had these issues their own would support them. And they always have to use a lot of lies to display their usury of the public. Them is all a wot.

  3. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams August 19, 2017 at 5:18 am

    The Opposition is the government in-waiting. Stop fooling people.

  4. Lisa Moore
    Lisa Moore August 19, 2017 at 6:34 am

    What I hate about politics is the need to be seen every waking minute. Couldn’t they have walked around genuinely without cameras?

  5. Janis Taylor August 19, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Barbados is still…..a 3rd World Country

  6. Steve Jemmott
    Steve Jemmott August 19, 2017 at 7:43 am

    The night “Tomas” hit Barbados, a friend and I went to rescue a lady and a child in a house. We capped back the roof which had a moon’s view, going there we met the Nation camera man and DEO officer , one took pics , the other give a tarpaulin. The next day we replaced the entire front that was blown off and secured back the roof.(costed me $600.00 of my own funds ) Since then nothing has happened. Neither of them went back, that lady is still in the house same way all these years. Then I had a call that my house in ch ch, had lost section of the roof, officer from Urban came , never heard him again…we need more action and less posing and news.

    • Lisa Moore
      Lisa Moore August 19, 2017 at 7:51 am

      All show and grandeur and then nothing. To me it doesn’t matter which party came on the scene first, what matters is providing relief to those affected. Not everything should be about politics.

    • Marcia Applewhaite
      Marcia Applewhaite August 19, 2017 at 8:58 am

      Lisa Moore get real in Barbados it is all politics,it is a game,that is why i refuse to listen to them.6 is half dozen,we have to get up and lend our services to the venerable.

  7. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow August 19, 2017 at 8:18 am

    The opposition attitude in this crisis is the reflection of them also if in power…will this dog just bark at the passing cars ?or guard the property!
    There is an old Russian proverb
    “Free cheese can be found only in a mousetrap

    • Ras Small
      Ras Small August 19, 2017 at 8:30 am

      Wasn’t O.S.Arthur the representative for St.Peter wen BLP was running de government and wasn’t he de representative for same parish wen DLP took over?!?! So why now all de complaints about wat wasn’t dun!? 20+ years!

    • Michael Crichlow
      Michael Crichlow August 19, 2017 at 8:34 am

      Ras Small you know most politicians look after they own constituents. Hit them wid some history

    • Yvonne Sealy
      Yvonne Sealy August 19, 2017 at 10:11 am

      Michaellllll ‘ free cheese’…. I deddd

  8. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner August 19, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Ok fools let’s be clear it’s only one day after tropical storm Harvey so it looks like opposition playing politricks,and by the way is St Peter not a BLP stronghold which means it should have been taken care of many moons ago.No fan of either of these two political parties who have only ever govern Barbados because they both jokers blowing hot air each and everytime.

  9. Cyan Jada
    Cyan Jada August 19, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Opposition’s role is to scrutinize, offer alternative strategies and draw our attention to the Government’s mal-administration… they’re doing their job.

  10. just observing August 19, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Look people , Tomas, Harvey et al are all test runs. Brace yourselves for if a real one happens, God forbid. Might not even be hurricane. Could be earthquake, plane crash etc. We will all see how well prepared we are and how quick the response mechanism can kick in. Bare lip service is being given in this place.

    • Jennifer August 19, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      Jrsmith – there is nothing else to do. These politicians are this people yard stick and new whipping boy since slavery. They hinder the progress of blacks people to allow the others to move past. If one of the other races had these issues their own would support them. And they always have to use a lot of lies to display their usury of the public. Them is all a wot.

    • Jennifer August 19, 2017 at 2:08 pm

      @Just observing – correct. These people need to evaluate their sickness. Every governing body in this place is either mismanaged or undermanaged.

  11. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha August 19, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Papparazi ministers …..

  12. Kelvin Worrell
    Kelvin Worrell August 19, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Is there a proactive approach to storms and flooding in Barbados bacause these 1952 street drains are a bare joke, full sized storm drains should be all over the island and them utility poles should be fazed out long time.

  13. Suzette Clarke
    Suzette Clarke August 19, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Moving along….And in other news Barbados Today reported on how thankful Bajans were to be spared major damage from Tropical Storm Harvey.

  14. patty August 20, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Abrahams, looking to score some cheap political points. Why don’t you people stop this charade and for once be genuine. Don’t use people’s plights to get points; it doesn’t fool anyone.

  15. Darson August 20, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Really Now : A 40-50 MPH wind and we have a catastrophe ?
    Less then a week after the event we are playing the blame game?
    I suggest we give thanks to Almighty God first : that could easily been a 125 Mph and what would you be saying now :
    when are we going to get a serious building code in place ?
    when will people get insurance and start taking responsibility for themselves and stop calling on every one else;
    If this was on a wide scale ,every one would be in the same boat including the Politicians.
    Food for Thought .
    I have seen a Cat 5 Hurricane First Hand and i would not like to see that for my worse enemy .
    Self Help : I replaced by roof and did my repairs ,I did not ask a Boy for help , but that is my way .


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