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Help has come for some Venezuelan migrants who live at Icacos Beach.

But in several other areas of the peninsula, migrants are continuing to live in squalid conditions.

At Bilwah Trace, Icacos, over 10 families comprising of 19 adults and 20 children were seen living in some galvanised shacks near a coconut estate.

When Guardian Media visited, Venezuelan children were seen walking through thickets of bushes feasting on mangoes and carrying dried coconuts.

A mother bathed her baby in a bathtub of water, while other children played with sticks and bottle corks.

The shacks were constructed a year ago from tree branches and galvanised sheets. Most of the residents came to Trinidad illegally on pirogies from Tucupita and have acquired legal registration from the Ministry of National Security.

In most of the shacks, galvanised sheets and pieces of cloth were used to block out the wind and rain.

Hammocks and mattresses were clumped together inside the dark space which was devoid of electricity.

The residents were without clean drinking water and had dug holes on the ground to bury garbage. A plastic tank stood over a ground well and migrant Lourdes Rojas eagerly pulled up a bucket of yellowish water to wash clothes and bathe. The washed laundry was spread out on barbed wire fences and on the trees.

Rojas explained that the well water was salty and not fit for drinking.

None of the Venezuelans could speak English but many understood the language.

During the Guardian’s visit, Colonel Claudia Carrizales, Chief of the Military Liaison Office, US Embassy made an unofficial visit to the migrants at the request of Councillor Shankar Teelucksingh.

Teelucksingh said while there has been an outpouring of humanitarian aid to some of the Venezuelan migrants, other mushrooming migrant communities have not received any kind of assistance.

He issued a call on the government to distribute humanitarian aid equitable through the Siparia Regional Corporation.

“As you will see they are using water from wells for washing and bathing. There is a scarcity of drinking water and housing accommodation. I am calling on the Ministry of National Security to immediately release funds through the Siparia Regional Corporation to assist these migrants,” Teelucksingh said.

He explained that the corporation will organise to get tanks set up for the migrants but noted that proper toilet facilities were needed.

“The toilet facilities are non-existent and this is causing public health concerns in this district. On Friday, we had a visit from the chairman of the corporation and the Public Health Department and we would like to be given the necessary resources to deal with this issue of migrant villages.

At Lalla Road, Venezuelan migrant Grecia Palomo and her four-month-old baby Thiago sat on the steps of a plyboard house. She said she needed milk for her baby.

Another migrant Jose Perez, 61, said he had no shoes while Elva Espinoza, 60, said she needed clothing.

Fisherman Candy Edwards who lives close to the Icacos Beach said some of the Venezuelans on the beachfront had received an abundance of foodstuff but he said other migrant families were still waiting for help.

“Some of them have nothing. My mother whenever she cooks she gives the Venezuelans something to eat. When we catch fish we give it to them to cook,” he added.

Another resident said many of the Venezuelans were suffering and needed help. He said some of them wanted to go back home but they were unable to because of the present government.