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MAN DIES 2 WEEKS AFTER HOUSE FELL ON HIM
Bret claims late victim
The family of a Patience Hill man who died after suf-
fering injuries during the passage of Tropical Storm Bret
are now grieving, saying they were surprised by his death
as he seemed to be making good progress.
Bertille Reid, 60, died last week at the Scarborough
General Hospital after he suffered a seizure and collapsed
in the toilet.
Reid was injured when his house collapsed on him during
the passing of the storm on June 19. He sustained a num-
ber of facial injuries and was hospitalised for two weeks
before his death.
Speaking to Tobago Today, his sister Beverly Reid said
he was badly injured in the accident but was making steady
progress up to the time of his death.
"When the house fell on him he was badly damaged, so
much so that we could see one of his eyeballs which had
come out of the socket just dangling like on a string."
She added, however, that they had hope he would make
a full recovery because he was showing good progress.
"He was doing well, he appeared to be making improve-
ments up until the day before he died he went to the eye
clinic and he was making progress slow but steady."
According to the bereaved sister, her brother's passing
caught the family off guard.
"The nurses at the hospital said he went to use the
washroom and he had a seizure and he never regained
consciousness. Right now the entire family is really at a
loss, we are just really struggling to come to terms with
Reid said the family is still awaiting confirmation on a
date for an autopsy before funeral arrangements can be
Reid is one of two people who were killed during incid-
nets related to the passage of the storm.
Construction worker Andy Manyai, 43, also died when
he fell and broke his neck during a desperate dash from
his car to his home as he tried to escape the heavy rains
brought by the storm.
Meanwhile, according to information coming out of the
Tobago Emergency Management Agency, preliminary dam-
age assessments after the storm revealed there were 30
incidents in 15 areas across Tobago.
Incidents as a result of Tropical Storm Bret are as follows:
• Collapsed Structures - 2
• Fallen Trees - 14
• Landside - 1
• Residential Roof Damage - 5
• Commercial Roof Damage - 1
• Tree Threatening Property - 1
• Fallen Boundary Wall - 1
• Down Utility Lines - 3
• Down Utility Pole - 1
The areas affected by Tropical Storm Bret were Belle
Garden, Betsy’s Hope, Buccoo, Canaan, Canoe Bay, Darrel
Spring, Delaford, Friendsfield, Lowlands, Moriah, Patience
Hill, Providence Road, Scarborough, Signal Hill and Union
The release also said TEMA led relief efforts by provid-
ing emergency relief grocery items, while the Tobago Cham-
ber of Commerce and the Trinidad and Tobago Police
Service pledged to provide emergency relief items, and
Habitat for Humanity pledged to assist with rebuilding
vulnerable homes and assisting families.
Minority still without office space
Despite the assurances given by Leader of Assembly
Business and Secretary for Infrastructure, Quarries and
the Environment Kwesi Des Vignes in March, members
of the Minority side in the Tobago House of Assembly are
still waiting for a place of their own to accommodate
individuals seeking their assistance.
Approximately five months ago, Des Vignes announced
during a plenary sitting that the Agricultural Development
Bank's building, located on the corner of Young and Rob-
inson Streets, was identified and found most suitable to
house the minority leader due to the presence of an eleva-
tor to facilitate differently-abled visitors.
However, speaking at a news conference at the PSA
headquarters last Monday, Councillor Dr. Faith B. Yisrael
said the promise has not come to fruition.
"We are now in July, the seventh month of the year, six
months after we have been sworn into the Tobago House
of Assembly and the Minority Leader and the members of
the minority council are yet to have an office for the Minori-
ty Leader,” she said.
Yisrael said since the announcement they have also not
been contacted or updated on the status of the space. She
said it is also possible that the space identified may no
longer be available.
"We are yet to have access to any of the resources that
are needed for us to do our work. In fact, we understand
that the space that they spoke about has since been hand-
ed over to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, therefore
they had never actually gone through with the process of
procuring, of signing a contract, acquiring that space for
us," she said
She said the Minority is being forced to conclude that
the THA executive does not wish for the democratic process
to prevail and does not want to be held accountable.
Yisrael said the information was taken to the Leader of
Assembly Business but they were told that the Assembly
was unaware of the issue
"They have pled ignorance that they do not know what
is happening. However, the fact that this was done in March
says that if they really had gone through the process of
procuring this office space, of signing a contract, then we
would not have been having this discussion about the TTPS
having that space," Yisrael said.
Contacted for a comment, Des Vignes said he spoke with
Chief Administrator Raye Sandy, who has the responsibil-
ity for such matters, on the issue but he is yet to receive
an update. Des Vignes confirmed that he was aware that
the TTPS had also expressed interest in the same space,
but was unaware if they have been engaged.
THA Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles, second from left
and Secretary for Infrastructure, Quarries and the
Environment Kwesi Des Vignes watch as relatives
clear the debris from the collapsed home of Bertille
Reid at Patience Hill, Tobago, on June 19. Reid was
seriously injured when the house collapsed on him
during the passe of Tropical Storm Brett.
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