Saturday 23 March, 2019

Ministry to issue relief assistance to flood victims

The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services said it is in the process of issuing relief assistance to flood victims after catastrophic flooding destroyed homes in parts of Central and South Trinidad over the weekend and last week.

In a statement the Ministry said it began assessments of flood-affected homes on Monday and clearance was given by the Disaster Management Units (DMUs) under the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government.

The Ministry said its relief efforts were stymied since some areas were still under water up to Monday. 

Flooding devastates parts of South, Central Trinidad

Military personnel, field officers and volunteers visited homes in Princes Town, Kelly Village, Madras Road, and other areas within St Helena and environs.

The Ministry said staff will also be deployed to areas affected in the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo, Penal/Debe and Sangre Grande regions, tomorrow and throughout the week to conduct assessments. 

Following this, the Ministry will provide temporary food support, repairs for structural damage, grant funding for the replacement of destroyed furniture and appliances; and counselling and psycho-social support to those who are in need.

The Ministry said as a second responder it is committed to working with key stakeholders to bring about much-needed relief to affected persons. 

The Ministry will also be working closely with the DMUs so that assessments can be conducted in other areas of the country, like Rio Claro/Mayaro, Siparia, Arima, Chaguanas, Diego Martin, and San Fernando, in the soonest possible timeframe.

Flood victims are reminded that first level restoration and needs assessments need to be conducted by the Regional Corporations first and this information will be communicated to the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services, where verification will quickly take place to provide the necessary relief.  

For further information on disaster relief funding and food support, persons may call the Ministry’s toll-free hotline at 800-1MSD (1672).

Persons in need of counselling services may contact the National Family Services Division at 794-7483 or 784-5583.

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