Friday 16 November, 2018

Disaster Management Units on alert as flash floods sweep across T&T

Disaster Management Units in the 14 municipalities are on alert and in a state of readiness to respond to any complaints of damage or loss to property following heavy weekend rains across the country.

Several parts of North and Central Trinidad experienced flash flooding after hour of rains associated with a passing tropical wave.

Reports coming in to the Senior Disaster Management Coordinator at the Ministry have indicated that the municipalities affected are Port of Spain, Diego Martin, Tunapuna/Piarco, Chaguanas, Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo, San Juan/Laventille, Princes Town and Sangre Grande.

Disaster Management Units for the Tunapuna, Port of Spain and Diego Martin areas were activated for safe removal of fallen trees and affected power lines.

The Rural Development and Local Government has assured that an all of Government approach has been implemented with all stakeholder agencies, including the Ministry of Works and Transport, Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management and other first response agencies to respond where needed.

Further, all Mayors, Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers, along with their respective technical teams are in full response mode, to provide any assistance needed by burgesses who were affected by the recent torrential rains.

Clean-up efforts and Initial Damage Assessments began as early as 7am on Monday and will continue until normalcy is regained across all affected municipalities.

The Rural Development and Local Government Ministry is encouraging citizens, especially those residing in flood prone areas, to add the 24-hour Disaster Management Hotline numbers to their list of emergency contacts and to take the necessary precautions to protect their property and lives. 



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