Sunday 24 March, 2019

Kamla calls on Gov’t to declare certain communities disaster areas

The Opposition Leader is calling on the Government to take decisive action to maintain the safety and security of citizens as T&T continues to experience widespread flooding.

In a statement issued on Saturday, Kamla Persad Bissessar said the torrential rains that we have experienced over the past three days and the resultant catastrophic flooding has transformed areas of our country into virtual disaster areas.

The Opposition Leader added that the damage that has been caused to our citizens, their homes and their property has been catastrophic and disastrous.

She said the government must act now and forthwith activate the Disasters Measures Act to allow law enforcement and agencies of national security to have the ability to save the lives of our citizens, rescue those marooned and provide safety and security for our citizens who are victims of one of our country’s worst natural disasters.

“I call upon the Government to immediately activate section 2 of the Disasters Measures Act, Chapter 16:50 and call upon Her Excellency the President to declare the following areas Disaster Areas under the Disasters Areas Act, Chap. 16:50: Aranguez Warner Village, Valsayn/St Joseph, St Augustine South/Piarco/St Helena, Kelly Village/Warrenville

Las Lomas/San Rafael, Longdenville/Talparo.”

She said such a declaration will allow law enforcement and all agencies of national security to: - assume control and regulate communication and transport, supplies of food, water and other necessities and control all water fuel and power installations; enter and take possession of any building; impose restrictions on entering and leaving those areas; and take all measures reasonably necessary to mitigate the effects of the disaster.


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