Thursday 27 February, 2020

Ministries preparing for potential inclement weather

The Ministry of Works and Transport (MOWT) and the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government (MRDLG) are working together to conduct a nationwide state of preparedness ahead of inclement weather expected to affect Trinidad and Tobago from Sunday morning.

The Meteorological Office of Trinidad and Tobago (Met Office), on Saturday afternoon, upgraded the Weather Alert originally issued on Friday from Yellow Level to Orange Level.

A low-pressure weather system is expected to impact Trinidad and Tobago with heavy rainfall and thunderstorms from 6 am on Sunday 22 September to 8 pm on Monday 23 September.

According to a release, the MRDLG, through its Senior Management Disaster Coordinator has advised all Municipal Corporations to be in a state of readiness in the event of hazard impact during this period. On Saturday, Minister of Works and Transport Rohan Sinanan has extended these efforts with the resources of the MOWT ready to provide immediate assistance when and where necessary.

The statement said the Minister met with Heads of Division of MOWT to put contingency measures in place.

“The Ministry of Works and Transport is doing its part whereby all the Heads of Divisions are in constant communication with all the district offices throughout the country and we will make sure our equipment is out there. We will also have all the contractors we work with on standby in case we need them. The idea is that if anything should happen (infrastructurally), we will be out there beforehand, we will be on location. There should be no blockage or anything of the sort that we can’t deal with immediately”, Sinanan said.

The MOWT urged all citizens to pay attention to all alerts and bulletins being issued by the Met Office and other authorities and to contact the Disaster Management Unit or respective Regional Corporation if assistance is required.


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