Fri 18th Oct 2013
According to a National Emergency Management Organisation press release on 07 October 2013, there were 22 landslides during heavy rain in SVG on 5 & 6 October 2013. The landslides illustrate the beginnings of the devastation that occurred in Haiti that led to Haiti losing virtually all its forests.
Day by day, under the incompetent ULP regime, SVG is looking more like Haiti. In Haiti, the people are so poor and desperate, that they have chopped down an estimated 98% of the original forests for use as fuel for cook-stoves, and in the process have destroyed fertile farmland soils, contributing to desertification.
The loss of forests means that Haitians have destroyed their watersheds and close to 80% of their people do not have access to clean drinking water. The people of Haiti often have to resort to gathering water from 'garbage-filled' rivers to supply their households for their daily needs, including cooking and drinking.
Access to clean, fresh water is a main concern in Haiti, where waterborne illnesses, such as typhoid, cholera and chronic diarrhoea, are the cause of more than half of the deaths in Haiti. Contaminated water is also one of the leading causes of childhood illness and the very high infant death rate in Haiti.
SVG is experiencing the worst period of hardship in living memory, and many households are unable to afford electricity and piped water, and hence forced to chop down trees to use the wood as fuel. Our rainforests are being killed because of poverty, and this is leading to a greater number of landslides.
SVG is becoming Haiti and our watersheds are under serious threat of being permanently destroyed. With all these landslides, we are at risk of losing our clean drinking water.
In Kenya, poverty drove people to cut down trees to burn the wood to make coals to earning a living. The loss of forest in Kenya is now so extreme in many areas, that households can no longer get water to grow food and many parts of Kenya now rely on food aid from abroad. Poverty has killed their source of water and food. Poverty will also kill our source of water and food in SVG.
We must act immediately and stop our rainforest from being cut down further. We must plant more trees. We cannot wait until there is no water running in the pipes in our homes before we take action.
We must also immediately deport the parasites - Taiwan and the white, super-rich of Mustique and Canouan - from our country. Having 22 landslides in 48 hours is a serious warning to all: to create wealth for our people we must get rid of Taiwan and the super-rich of Mustique and Canouan.
These parasites are not paying tax and they are making billions from our country. Their greed is keeping our people in poverty, and it is the poverty that forces people to chop down trees for fuel or to make coals for a few dollars. The loss of trees is causing the landslides.
Water is life. The risk of killing the rainforest and losing our fresh, clean drinking water is real and significant. There are too many landslides. The parasites must be deported now.
SVG Green Party