Recently a tree fell on the wooden house under sheet of a woman and her two children. The house was destroyed. Now the house of another family is in threat and all attempts to eradicate the danger were futile. The mother Jacqueline confided in writing to Xplik ou K.
Large casuarina trees are threatening to fall on a house in Poste Lafayette occupied by a family, one of the members is being a disabled girl. Jacqueline, the mother of the child said to have stepped up efforts but in vain. “Il y a surtout un arbre qui se trouve à côté de ma maison. Si jamais il tombe, il réduira ma maison en un amas de bois et de feuilles de tôle. J’ai téléphoné au département des Bois et forêts, aux pompiers, au poste de police et à la Special Mobile Force (SMF). Personne n’est venu évaluer la situation,” complained this desperate woman. She said she contacted the authorities three months ago.
A useless back and forth
She said that according to firefighters, she was told that “son appel étant enregistré, on reviendrait vers elle par la suite.” “Je n’ai vu personne venir. Je me suis rendue au poste de police de Flacq où on m’a dit qu’on allait avertir la SMF. Je les ai appelés moi-même, ils m’ont dit que je devais d’abord obtenir un document de la police de Flacq.” Unfortunately, this document never came. The police asked Jacqueline to turn to the SMF. However, the officers at the SMF unit asked for the required document from the police. An unnecessary and stressful back and forth for the mother.
Jacqueline lives with her husband and three children. The big casuarina tree is a real danger for her family and a fall could be disastrous and too late. “Je suis d’autant plus inquiète qu’un filao est récemment tombé sur la maison de ma voisine et l’a détruite. Je ne souhaite pas vivre un tel drame.”
The staff of Xplik Ou K called the police station in Flacq. A sergeant told them that it was not the duty of the police to hand over a document to the person concerned, but it is of the Wood and Forests Department. She must then submit this document to the SMF for the necessary to be done.
It has been revealed that normally the SMF intervenes only if the tree is a hazard on the highway. If it is in a private courtyard, the person must cut the tree at his expense. Jacqueline’s house is located on state land but the mother can not afford to pay Rs 2000 to cut down the tree, she added
The editorial also called on the President of Flacq District Council, Oomesh Rajkumarsingh to solicit his intervention on humanitarian grounds before a tragedy occurs and grieves the country.