Wednesday 12 December, 2018

T&T Regiment: Forces deployed to assist flooded areas

Photo courtesy the Penal/Debe Corporation.

Photo courtesy the Penal/Debe Corporation.

The Trinidad and Tobago Regiment said it has deployed troops to flood-stricken areas in South Trinidad.

In a statement issued Sunday, the Regiment said following heavy rainfall which caused widespread flooding in parts of south Trinidad, officers from the First Engineer Battalion, Cumuto Barracks, worked assiduously to provide Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief to flooded residents.

Flooding in South Trinidad, November 17, 2018

Officers were issued to Penal, Debe, Woodland, Quinam and Couva.

The Regiment said additionally, assessment teams were deployed to Mungal Trace, Ramoutar Street and Siltullie Trace. 

The Regiment said on November 15, 2018, the First Engineer Battalion carried out reconnaissance patrols in flood-affected areas, which resulted in them assisting with the safe evacuation and rescue of 68-year-old stroke victim, Carl Martin from River Road, Vega de Oropouche. 

The Regiment said the team ensure he was settled at his son's home in Maturita.

On Saturday, Regiment engineers also assisted with evacuations and distributed food and water to afflicted persons after a request was issued by Videsh Lall of the Penal/Debe Corporation.

"The Regiment Engineers continue to provide ground support to relief efforts today as we pray for the safety and security of all citizen...affected by inclement weather," the Regiment said.  

On Friday, heavy rains caused torrential flooding across parts of Central and South Trinidad, leaving many residents stranded by flood waters. 

Relief efforts continued over the weekend, however the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has forecast additional rainfall on Monday

 

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