The family home at house at Ragoonanan Trace West, St John?s Road, Chase Village, in the aftermath of the funnel cloud?s destruction (Image: SHASTRI BOODAN)

Victims of Wednesday’s funnel cloud at Chase Village, Chaguanas, have launched a public appeal for help via the Go-Fund-Me website.

The family are not only seeking assistance to get a roof over their head once more, but also for internet devices for three children who lost their laptops, when a funnel cloud descended at their Ragoonanan Trace home.

Khadine Crowe and her family of six spent Wednesday night with relatives at Bank Village, Carapichaima, while her husband, Abid Ali, slept in a makeshift tent outside the damaged house. Ali and his neighbours spent the night salvaging clothes and furniture from the house.

Kristal Beharry—Khadine Crowe’s sister—told Guardian Media the family has set up a Go-Fund-Me account and would require around $200,000 to replace their roof, redo electrical wiring and purchase appliances. 

“Khadine and her husband are not wealthy people,” she said. “Khadine works at a tile store, while Abid is an employee of the Ministry of Agriculture.”

Kristal said her sister is distraught and even more depressed after this recent incident, which comes soon after the death of their mother in August this year.

Kristal also noted that the children are losing out on their education since they have nowhere to study and no devices. She said the children in need of devices are Breanna Crowe, a 13-year-old student of the Carapichaima East Secondary; Braeden Crowe, a 12-year-old student of the Orange Field Hindu School; and Shania Tilluck, a 10-year-old student of the Mc Bean Hindu School.

Kristal said the Disaster Management Unit of the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation had dropped off a tarpaulin and mattress for the family.  The family also was visited by the MP for the area.  

Kristal told Guardian Media that while many persons had volunteered to assist with labour to help the family rebuild their home, what they desperately need are construction materials to make that happen.

Those wishing to help the family can do so at their Go-Fund-me account, here…  https://fundmetnt.com/campaign/help-family-after-tornado-disaster.