Wednesday 23 October, 2019

Gov’t monitors Tropical Storm Karen: No shutdown of T&T on Monday

There will be no shutdown of the country on Monday.

This according to National Security Minister Stuart Young, who made the comment while speaking at a press conference to update the public on Tropical Storm Karen.

Young said the Government will continue to closely monitor the situation before any such decision is made.

“At this stage there is no need for a shutdown, we continue to monitor the situation.”

He added that police and fire officers including auxillary officers are on the ground in Scarborough, which has been severely affected by flooding.

He said several areas are also without power.

Some businesses including Scotiabank have suffered extensive damage.

Meanwhile, Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan said the Ministry is on standby to treat with any incidents that may occur.

He added that that the Ministry has mobilised all its units and it is ready to respond to all emergencies.

Sinanan also indicated that PTSC buses are on standby to assist in transportation in affected areas.

And, Minister of Rural Development and Local Government Kazim Hosein confirmed that all fourteen Municipal Corporations are in a state of prepardness and mobilisation.

He said an all of Corporations will cooperate and lend assistance to one another in terms of information and resources.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh added that all ambulance services are in position to put extra resources on the road if needed.

Deyalsingh warned against handling dead animals, in the event of flooding.

He said the risk of contracting leptospirosis is high.

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