Tuesday 26 March, 2019

Watch: Five homes destroyed, 20 displaced in Cedros coastal erosion

Update: Families in houses of Bois Burg Village in Cedros have been ordered to evacuate by authorities after their houses collapsed due to coastal erosion on Monday evening. 

A report from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), said the mandatory evacuation was carried out by emergency responders. 

Five families were affected by coastal erosion which occurred at Bamboo Village, Cedros, leaving 20 people homeless.

LoopTT understands that around 4:30 pm on Monday, one home suffered cracks, falling apart, as the land moved.

In a domino effect, four other houses were affected. Four out of five homes were completely destroyed.

The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government posted an update on social media around 9:00 pm.

It said the Siparia Regional Corporation Disaster Management Unit was on site and that all families were assessed and opted to stay with their relatives until the issue was resolved. 

(Photo: Mandatory evacuation of affected residents in Bois Burg was carried out on Tuesday afternoon.)

Up to late Monday night, the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Services as well as the Councillor for the area, Shankar Teelucksingh, were on site to monitor the situation in efforts to ensure the safety of the villagers.

On Tuesday, Minister of Rural Development and Local Government Haji Kazim Hosein joined by Chairman of Siparia Regional Corporation, Dr Glen Ramadharsingh, Councillor Shankar Teelucksingh, Point Fortin Mayor Councillor Abdon Mason and the Disaster Management Unit visited the site to assess the situation.

National Security Minister and Point Fortin Mayor Edmund Dillon was also on-hand to assess the extent of damages. 

 

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