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.
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.
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
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.