120,000 people affected by flooding – Young
National Security Minister Stuart Young estimates that some 3,500 households and between 100,000 and 120,000 persons were affected by flooding across T&T over the weekend.
Government-led clean-up operations have begun in most communities across T&T that were devastated by flooding.
Speaking at a joint press conference at his Temple Court office in Port-of-Spain earlier today, National Security and Communications Minister Stuart Young said flood waters had receded in areas of La Horquetta, St Helena, Caroni, Cunupia and Sangre Grande.
However, Young said members of the protective services were still performing rescue operations in areas of Mafeking, Mayaro, and Bamboo Settlement, Valsayn, as they were still under water.
“Some of the outskirts are still affected but most are not,” Young said.
Young said staff and equipment from regional corporations, the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) and Cepep were deployed in areas where floods had receded to assist citizens with clean-up activity.
In terms of the Uriah Bulter Highway, which was impassable in the stretch from the Caroni Bird Sanctuary to just before Munroe Road Flyover heading south for most of the weekend, Young said the northbound lane near to the Caroni Bird Sanctuary was cleared and still being used as a dual carriageway. He said the southbound lane only had a small amount of water and that the T&T Police Service (TTPS) had opened it to high vehicles.
Young warned citizens living along Trinidad’s east coast that about one to two kilometres of the Manzanilla-Mayaro Road was still under water.
Asked whether he noticed if river levels had dropped during his aerial tours of the affected areas, Young said yes.
However, he noted that it was up to the T&T Meteorological Service to determine if the country’s red-level riverine flood alert was to be lifted over the next few days.
RBC donates $300,000 to flood relief
RBC Royal Bank has announced a $300,000 donation to the TT Red Cross in support of relief efforts following devastating floods over the weekend.
“Helping our clients thrive and communities prosper is at the core of everything we do, and helping those who have been impacted by this weekend’s floods is a natural extension of that commitment. That is why we are happy to make this donation to the Red Cross,” said Gretchen Camacho-Mohammed, Managing Director, Trinidad and Tobago, RBC. “We will continue to support our clients, our communities, and our employees as they begin the recovery process.”
People can also make donations to the TT Red Cross at any RBC Branch. If RBC clients have been affected and have financial questions they can visit their local branch and speak to an RBC representative, the bank said.
“We are proud of our role in the community as a supporter of growth and opportunity, added Camacho-Mohammed. “This includes being there when times are difficult. We encourage everyone who can to support flood relief efforts. Everything makes a difference and will help make our communities safer, stronger, and more resilient than before.”
To help ensure the safety of our employees, clients and neighbours during this time, RBC is reminding all residents in affected areas to listen to local authorities and visit the website of the government’s Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management at http://www.odpm.gov.tt/ for up-to-date information.
Ministry responds to flood death report
The Ministry of Health is responding to reports of the death of a resident of Greenvale Park, La Horquetta, as a result of the severe flooding in that area.
The Ministry said that as of Sunday, its surveillance system has not produced any confirmed reports of death due to the current flooding.
The Ministry urged members of the public to support relief efforts and refrain from spreading rumours of this kind.
“Public health officials and NGO bodies are going beyond the call of duty to offer care and service to those in need. Rumours of this kind thwart the efforts of the medical support team as resources must be re-directed to investigate each allegation” said the Ministry.
Decretan desastre nacional por lluvias en Trinidad y Tobago
El primer ministro de Trinidad y Tobago, Keith Rowley, decretó este lunes desastre nacional tras las fuertes lluvias registradas en los últimos días que han dejado a miles de personas afectadas.
Algunas de las zonas más afectadas son Saint Helena/Kelly y Sangre Grande.
Asimismo, anunció que se reunirá en sesión de ministros para establecer un presupuesto de 25 millones de dólares trinitenses para atender la emergencia.