Trinidad and Tobago prime minister pledges assistance to flood ravaged OECS countries
Trinidad and Tobago government says it is willing to provide assistance to three-member countries of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) severely affected by a low level trough resulting in the deaths of 13 people and extensive infrastructural damage.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar, who is also the chairman of the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM), said that she had been updated on the situation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia and Dominica and that Port of Spain “is ready to assist if assistance is requested from the affected islands”.
A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister stated that National Security Minister, Gary Griffith, The Office of Management and Disaster Preparedness (OPM), and the National Security Operations Centre (NSOC), would continue to monitor developments and report to Prime Minister persad Bissessar, who also has responsibility for security within the quasi-CARICOM cabinet.
Dominica’s Acting Prime Minister Reginald Austrie said Thursday that disaster officials would be visiting the southern part of the island where most of the damage had occurred, while in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia the searches were continuing for several people reported missing after flood waters caused widespread damage in the two islands.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, who had been holidaying in London, is due back in his country on Thursday.