Declaring that ‘the house is moving’, a mother and three children of Bocage, Castries, were forced to flee their home with just the clothing on their backs, after a landslide occurred at the back of their residence, shifting the building.
The father, Paul Antoine, recalled that he was not at home on Saturday when the landslide occurred, but hurried to the scene after receiving a distress call.
“We have stuff inside that we could not take because the house is moving. Up to this morning I went there to take some clothing because right now we don’t have any clothes and the house started shifting again, so I just had to jump out and leave everything inside,” Antoine told St Lucia Times.
He explained that the family has been taken in by neighbours.
“It’s tough because right now we are passing from house to house. If we sleep tonight at this neighbor, tomorrow we’re somewhere else,” Antoine told St Lucia Times.
He disclosed that the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) has assisted his family with bed sheets, mattresses and food.
However the Bocage resident indicated that the dislocation of his family has come at a time when he is coping with an illness that almost killed him.
“I just came from the hospital last year – I almost died. I have blood cancer. So right now it’s people’s blood in me,” Antoine stated.
And he revealed that the next round of medical treatment for his condition is scheduled for next month.
NEMO says efforts are being made to continue to assist the family and others affected by the weekend rains.