Monday 19 February, 2018

Volcanic activity reported at Devil's Woodyard, three homes evacuated

The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government has confirmed reports that there is Volcanic Activity taking place at Devil's Woodyard Hindustan Road, New Grant.

Residents reported hearing loud rumbling noises from 4:25 am coming from the said area.

The ODPM confirmed that the first set of reported volcanic activities occurred at approximately 6:00 pm on Monday, February 12 and then there were two volcanic eruptions on Tuesday: the first occurred at 4:20 am and another at 8:52 am on Tuesday, February 13.

Police, fire officers and officials from the Disaster Management Unit are all on site.

Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat took to social media to advise members of the public to stay away from the area.

"Please do not go to the Devil's Woodyard site in New Grant! Confirming overnight seismic activity at Devil's Woodyard in New Grant."

The Minister said three homes have been evacuated while cracks on the roads and the site are being monitored.

The Rural Development Ministry said at around 6:30 pm Monday night, reports were received by the Princes Town Disaster Management Unit via their 24 Hour Toll-Free Hotline that volcanic activity was detected at Devil’s Woodyard, Hindustan Road, New Grant.

Senior Disaster Management Coordinator at the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government, Mr. Rishi Siew accompanied by personnel from the Princes Town DMU visited the site and confirmed these reports and further advised members of the public to be cautious when traversing the area.

Acting Minister of Rural Development and Local Government and Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries Senator the Honorable Clarence Rambharat urges citizens to be cautious saying, “I understand that people are anxious to view the volcanic eruptions however at this time, I strongly urge all residents and citizens to avoid going to the site and allow the emergency first responders and Seismic personnel to do their work in order to get this situation under control and prevent any incidents.”

Mud volcano

"At this time the Chairman of the Princes Town Regional Corporation, Councillor Gowrie Roopnarine, along with the Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service, the Environmental Management Authority (EMA), the Princes Town Disaster Management Unit and Senior Disaster Management Coordinator in the Ministry are on site, coordinating efforts in order to ensure safety and security for all residents and by extension citizens," the Ministry said.

Officials have barred access to the road with the exception of residents in the area.