Sunday 18 November, 2018

Assessments underway as damage reported after 5.9 aftershock

Structural damage at Mora Heights, Rio Claro. Photo via Facebook, Senator Clarence Rambharat.

Structural damage at Mora Heights, Rio Claro. Photo via Facebook, Senator Clarence Rambharat.

As the Disaster Management Units across the 14 municipal corporations continue their initial damage assessment following Tuesday's magnitude 6.9 earthquake, inspections are still underway following reports of structural damage on Wednesday.

Reports of power outages and structural damage continued to come in following a 5.9 aftershock at 9:28 am on Wednesday.

The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government said numerous reports have come in regarding structural damage across the country.

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The Ministry confirms, however, that no lives were lost in any of the municipalities.

Structural damage has been confirmed in the following areas: Eleanor Street, Endeavour Road, Ragoo Road in Chaguanas; McBean Road, Longdenville Road, Caratal Road in the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo region; Simeon Road, Sparrow Drive, Smith Hill in Carenage, Diego Martin; Mora Heights in Mayaro/Rio Claro; Laltoo Trace, Mahadeo Trace, Old Clarke Road, Penal Rock Road in the Penal/Debe region; One Woodbrook Place, East Dry River, Romeo Street and 4th Avenue in St. James; Lengua Village, and Malgretoute Village in Princes Town; Knox Street and Coffee Street in San Fernando; Barbanda Village in Sangre Grande; El Socorro, Laventille, Mt. Hope Road and Irwin Street in Petit Bourg, Bagatelle Road Ext. in San Juan; Los Iros in Siparia; and St. Augustine, Piarco.

Minister Kazim Hosein has advised citizens to stay alert and pay attention to updates from the relevant authorities.

“There is a lot of information circulating however citizens must take heed and discourage others from promoting fake news and alarmist news, as natural occurrences such as these are very sensitive issues and can cause panic easily when the wrong information is disseminated.

Try to stay calm and follow the guidelines provided by the government agencies."

He urged citizens to offer assistance to first responders where possible and reminded them to make use of the 24hr Disaster Management Unit Hotline Numbers which are activated and ready to assist in emergency situations.

The Ministry reminded citizens that earthquakes and other natural disasters cannot be predicted, but following yesterday’s 6.8 magnitude earthquake, aftershocks are expected to occur.

The Ministry added that it will continue to operationalise a whole of Corporation approach to ensure effective service delivery to those in need across the country.


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