One resident has already been forced to flee her home and now three other families are worried they will suffer the same fate as their homes have been cracking and sinking over the past two months.
Given the rapid land movement in the Cipero Road, Borde Narve Village, Princes Town area, the residents are pleading with the authorities to intervene and save their homes.
The residents explained they always had some land movement in the area, but in November following the heavy rains the slippage got worse to the extent that their homes began shifting, cracking and falling apart.
One resident was forced to move out after her home was badly damaged.
Brian Rampersad believes that an underground water line leak is to blame for the slippage, but this has not been confirmed by the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA).
“The WASA line that break for a good long while and nobody could see it underneath the ground and eventually it start to penetrate, it shove way that house. When I buss a trench underneath the house is only water like a drain running,” he complained. Rampersad who lives with his sister said the slippage is so bad there’s no point trying to fix his house.
Another resident Roland Ramjattan complained that the land was road level but it has dropped several feet. He said the concrete stairways leading from the road to their homes have been shifting and the back of his home is cracking and sinking. “People house mash up all the in the back, all on the inside, all in the front. The person cannot live there, she leave and she move out,” he added.
Raziff Mohammed said his family has been living there for more than 25 years and they never had an issue with land slippage. However, he said they now have to spend $300,000 to build a concrete wall to protect their property.
“Right now we trying to organise a wall in the back coming up to the side and on this side to try to stop the house from moving down because the land keep on moving,” Mohammed said.
Naparima MP Rodney Charles told Guardian Media he wrote to the Ministry of Works and Transport and WASA about the land slippage but he has not yet received any response.
Explaining that the soil in that area is unstable, he suggested the Town and Country Planning Division, the Ministry engineers and the regional corporation engineers come together and find an engineering solution to the problem.
When contacted WASA officials said they will be looking into the plight of the residents.