Saturday 4 April, 2020

Government approves TT$2 million for flood relief

Photo: Navin and Ravi Kalpoo rescue a resident from flood waters. The Kalpoo Brothers have been called 'flood heroes' for their dedication and work in helping those affected by flooding in 2018 and 2019.

Photo: Navin and Ravi Kalpoo rescue a resident from flood waters. The Kalpoo Brothers have been called 'flood heroes' for their dedication and work in helping those affected by flooding in 2018 and 2019.

Government said it has approved a total of TT$2 million in assistance toward residents affected by flooding in South Trinidad.

In a statement issued Tuesday by the Office of the Prime Minister, government said it has authorised Minister of Rural Development and Local Government, Kazim Hosein, to make $2 million available for this purpose.

“Even as we are still awaiting the assessment of the damage caused by extensive flooding and the waters have not yet receded completely the Government recognizes the need for additional resources to be made available to the affected Corporations to enable them to provide additional immediate humanitarian assistance,” the OPM said.

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From this immediate humanitarian assistance Penal/ Debe gets $1 million whilst Mayaro gets .5 million dollars and another .5 million dollars goes to the Barrackpore community.

The OPM said this money is mainly for food, cleaning materials and other basic needs in the short term. 

Parts of Penal, Debe, Barrackpore and Mayaro were severely damaged by flooding following heavy showers last week. 

Councillor for Barrackpore West, Nicholas Kanhai, said at a preliminary estimate approximately 2,500 people had been affected by flooding in his district, either directly or indirectly. 

Citizens can also apply for Flood Relief grants via the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services, following a visit from the Ministry's Disaster and Needs Assessment Officers. 

Disaster relief is provided to victims whose items were destroyed beyond use due to natural or man-made disasters.

Items which can be replaced based on need include beds, mattresses, living room sets, refrigerators, stoves, and more. 

Citizens can also apply for a School Supplies Grant. This grant is intended to assist children who are attending primary and secondary schools whose books/uniforms were destroyed by natural or man-made disasters.

Citizens are required to supply their identification cards, an estimate from the supplier, and a report from the relevant authority. 

For more information contact the Ministry's Board offices as follows:

Hotline: 800-1MSD (1673)

MTS Plaza, Aranguez Road, Aranguez

623-2608 Ext. 1602 - 1607

107 Eastern Main Road, Tunapuna (opposite Royal Castle)

623-2608 Ext. 1702 - 1714

Eleanore Street, Chaguanas

623-2608 Ext. 2102 - 2107 and 6200 - 6203

Siparia Administrative Complex, Corner Allies and High Street, Siparia

649-2428 or 649-1942

11 Richardson Street, Mahaica, Pt. Fortin

623-2608 Ext 2630-2640 and 6000 - 6003

Tam Building, Glen Road, Scarborough, Tobago

639-2673

Lot 11 Naparima Mayaro Road, Rio Claro

623-2608 Ext. 2502 - 2507

Omardeen Building, 59-61 Cipero Street, Gooding Village, San Fernando

623-2608 Ext. 2302 - 2322

Marlsons Building, 97 High Street, Princes Town

623-2608 Ext. 2402 - 2408 & 6500 - 6503

Corner Richmond and Duke Street, Port of Spain

623-2608 Ext. 1000 - 1004 & 5900 - 5903

Corner Savi Street and Boodooville Circular, Sangre Grande

623-2608 Ext 1902 - 1908 and 1950 - 1951

Or the Ministry's Head Office:

CL Financial Building, 39-43 St. Vincent Street

Port of Spain.

Tel: 623-2608 

Fax: 623-8496 

Website: www.social.gov.tt           

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