Residents of Teemul Trace, Penal stage a protest for water. Image by Rishi Ragoonath

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Protests for water have erupted in another part of South Trinidad.

Just before noon, residents of Teemul Trace, Naipalia Trace, Goodman Trace and parts of Clarke Road, Penal staged a protest calling on WASA to release water to them as soon as possible.

With scorching temperatures, they say water shortages have been impacting negatively not only at home but also on crops and livestock.

Residents of Teemul Trace, Penal stage a protest for water. Image by Rishi Ragoonath

Farmer Rampersad Lalchan who has 30 cows said he has been filling water in kegs at standpipes to give to his animals.

“I drive around a five-mile radius searching for water by any family, friend or standpipe I could find. Right now with the heat, the animals drinking more water,” he said.

Tara Bridgemohan said with the threat of COVID -19 she was afraid for her family.

“How can we clean and wash if there is no water? We deserve water just as people in any other area,” she said.

Councillor for Penal, Shanty Boodram said there was a water leak near Goodman Trace which has been flowing for more than a year.

She said several reports had been made in the past but nothing was done.

WASA is expected to state the water shortages soon. Guardian Media will bring you more as this story unfolds.