Tuesday 26 May, 2020

15 schools still closed after heavy rains, floods

As relief and recovery efforts continue in areas affected by heavy rains and flooding in the past week, a number of schools remain closed.  

While some of the schools initially affected have already been reopened, some continue to be used as emergency shelters to house flood victims and others have been affected by heavy rains and flooding.

Giving an update on the situation with the nation's schools on Wednesday, Education Minister Anthony Garcia said of the nine schools which were being used as shelters, three have been reopened. 

A total of 15 schools remain closed due to lingering flood waters on the compound.

He noted that 10 schools which were closed due to the heavy rainfall and flood waters have reopened today.

These are:

1. Durham Village SDMS Primary School

2. Todd’s Road R.C Primary School

3. Caroni SDMS Primary School

4. La Horquetta North Government Primary School

5. Blanchisseuse Government Secondary

6. Caroni SDMS ECCE

7. Bejucal SDMS ECCE

8. Aranguez Government ECCE

9. SWAHA Aranguez ECCE

10. St. Augustine South Government ECCE


Schools still in use as shelters

1. Bamboo Grove Presbyterian

2. La Horquetta South Government Primary School

3. Las Lomas Government Primary School

4. Madras Government Primary School

5. Munroe Road SDMS Primary School

6. St. David’s RC Primary School


Schools closed as a result of adverse weather

1. ASJA Ladies ECCE

2. Caroni Presbyterian Primary School

3. Cunapo St. Francis RC Primary School

4. North Oropuche Government Primary School

5. North Oropuche RC Primary School

6. San Raphael RC Primary School

7. St. Helena Presbyterian Primary School

8. St. Helena SDMS Primary School

9. Valencia South Government Primary School

10. Vega De Oropouche ECCE

11. Vishnu Boys' Hindu College

12. Warrenville Presbyterian Primary School

13. Warrenville TIA ECCE

14. Warrenville TIA Primary School

15. St. Augustine South Government Primary School

The Minister expressed thanks to the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service, Ministry of Works and Transport, Regional Corporations, other agencies, parents, teachers and principals for their assistance in ensuring schools are reopened.

Cleanup and sanitisation works are underway at all affected schools and more schools are expected to be reopened in the coming days.

The Minister expects that all schools would be opened by next Monday.


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