Trinidad y Tobago: 120.000 personas fueron afectadas por las inundaciones del último fin de semana

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.

Guardian


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.

Newsday


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.

TrinidadExpress


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.

Telesur


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