Sunday 5 April, 2020

Ministry continues relief efforts, clean-up after flooding

Flood relief and clean-up efforts will continue, said Minister of Rural Development and Local Government, Kazim Hosein.

In a statement issued Monday, Hosein said that the Ministry, through its 14 Municipal Corporations and state agencies will continue to do all in its power to ensure that all affected areas return to a sense of normalcy in the shortest time possible.

The Ministry said Hosein and Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan along with technical officials from the respective Ministries, Chairman of the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation Dr. Allen Sammy, CEO Ms. Betty Ali and personnel of the Disaster Management Units visited the flood-affected areas over the weekend. 

The Ministry said in areas where floodwaters subsided, clean-up operations were underway by CEPEP teams and Public Health workers from the Corporations.

(Photo courtesy the CEPEP Company Ltd.)

Minister Hosein met with residents of Mohess Road, Ramai Trace, Katwaroo Trace, Clarke Road and Debe where relief efforts by the Corporation’s Disaster Management Unit were underway with assistance from the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers, the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force and Coast Guard personnel.

"Residents have been receiving mattresses, hot meals and water from NGOs, corporate entities and unaffected citizens from the Penal/Debe region," the Ministry said. 

Hosein said the Ministry continues to utilize “An all-of-Corporation approach to emergency management and we are deploying as many resources as possible to ensure that the lives of residents return to normal as soon as possible.”

Minister Hosein visited areas such as Mohess Road, Katwaroo Trace, Wilson Road, Clarke Road, Satnarine Trace, Ramai Trace and Rock Road in Penal.

“I would like to thank all the Mayors and Chairmen of the 14 Municipal Corporations. Special commendation to the newly elected Councillors, some of whom have not even been sworn into office. You have definitely demonstrated that you are ready and willing to serve the burgesses that you represent when you called to do so," said Hosein.

He also praised CEPEP workers who he said were instrumental in the massive clean-up efforts and further thanked all Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers, NGOs and the local business community for their immediate response to calls for assistance.

Citizens are reminded that emergency response teams will be visiting their communities to conduct assessments and for any assistance, feel free to contact the Municipal Corporation’s Disaster Management Unit hotlines. For the burgesses of Penal/Debe, you can contact 800- PDRC (7372). 

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