Trinidad and Tobago: Floods - Oct 2018Ongoing
On 18 - 19 October, Trinidad and Tobago experienced torrential rainfall, according to Government officials, Trinidad alone received a full month’s worth of rain during the two days. It was estimated 80% of the country was affected by flooding, communities, main roads and public services were affected. On 20 October, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago activated its National Emergency Operations Centre and began assessments. As of now the Government has not requested international support. (OCHA, 23 Oct 2018)
The persistent rainfall has caused flooding in approximately 80 per cent of the country, primarily the north, east and central parts of the island nation such as Sangre Grande, Matelot, La Horquetta, St. Helena, Caroni and Mayaro. There are reports from ODPM and CDEMA’s Situation Report #1 that the flooding has impacted 100,000 to 150,000 people. Additionally, official reports from ODPM and CDEMA indicate that 800 people sought shelter in collective centres during th the peak of the emergency; however, the colletive centre population is decreasing as affected people return home to begin the cleanup process. (IFRC, 29 Oct 2018)
Most read reports
- Adverse weather resulted in severe flooding in Trinidad & Tobago - Situation Report No. 1 as of 10:00 am on October 22, 2018
- Trinidad and Tobago: Floods and Landslides due to intense rains, 23-10-2018
- Latin America & the Caribbean - Monthly Humanitarian Snapshot - As of 1 November 2018
- Trinidad and Tobago: Floods, Flash Update No. 02 (as of 5 November)
- Trinidad and Tobago: Floods Flash Note No. 01 (as of 24 October 2018)
The Honourable Camille Robinson-Regis, Minister of Planning and Development is announcing that the official signing of the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Technical Assistance for Disaster Emergencies Grant took place today, Tuesday November 27th, 2018 in the Arnold Thomasos Room East at the Office of the Parliament in Port of Spain. The signatories to this agreement included Minister Robinson-Regis; Ms. Rocio Medina-Bolivar, the IDB’s Country Representative and Ms. Jill De Bourg, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross.
The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services wishes to categorically deny that distribution of disaster relief cheques has been halted. In fact, distribution of cheques to residents affected by the flooding of October 19 – 21, 2018 continue to take place, as the Ministry seeks to bring a sense of normalcy to affected families.
Following the inclement weather which resulted in severe flooding in some parts of south Trinidad, the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services stands ready to provide the necessary assistance to affected persons.
Relief and recovery efforts continue by response agencies in communities affected by the recent flooding in southern Trinidad. The ODPM continues to monitor the current flooding situation and remains in contact with the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government (MORDLG), the Ministry of Works and Transport (MOWT), and other support agencies to ensure immediate assistance can be rendered if called upon.
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) has issued a Riverine Flood Alert #2 – Orange Level for communities located along Trinidad’s main river courses (in particular, Caroni and Oropouche) and their associated tributaries for the period Thursday 15th November, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. to Saturday 17th November, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Orange level means that you should prepare to safeguard yourself and your property.
Employees of the Ministry of Education at the Ministry’s Head Office, St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain have demonstrated tremendous kindness and support for their colleagues who suffered losses due to flooding during the weekend of October 20th, 2018.
The MOE staff contributed approximately twenty five (25) flood relief hampers which were distributed by the Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education and Permanent Secretary, Lenor Baptiste-Simmons in a simple ceremony on Monday 12th November, 2018.
The Consumer Affairs Division of the Ministry of Trade and Industry as part of its mandate to ensure fair pricing in the marketplace has been monitoring the prices of items at supermarkets in Trinidad. A review of supermarket prices prior to, and following the flooding in October 2018 has revealed that the vast majority of prices of items remained the same. During the exercise it was noted that very few price increases were observed but these were determined to be normal changes and not necessarily because of the action by merchants in response to floods.
On 18-19 October 2018, Trinidad and Tobago experienced torrential rainfall across the country. According to Government officials, Trinidad alone received a full month’s worth of rain during the two days, with estimates that 80 per cent of the country was affected by flooding. Floods and landslides affected communities and public services and blocked main roads. Central and eastern regional corporations were the most affected, namely Chaguanas Borough, Couva-Tabaquite -Talparo, Mayaro-Rio Claro, Sangre Grande and Tunapuna (Flash Note No. 1).
The Honourable Camille Robinson-Regis, Minister of Planning and Development has secured further financial support in the form of Grant Funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) towards emergency relief efforts for communities affected by recent flooding in October. This follows the grant of US $200,000.00 from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) through the utilisation of the Emergency Response Grant under the CDB’s Disaster Management Strategy and Operational Guidelines.
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, October 31, 2018. CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) announced today that for the second year in a row, Trinidad & Tobago received a payout on its Excess Rainfall policy following a period of heavy rainfall in October. The Government received a payout of US$2,534,550 (approximately TT$17 million) due to heavy rains between October 18 and 20 2018.
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Flood relief and recovery efforts continue in communities affected by the adverse weather which occurred between Thursday 18th October, 2018 and Monday 22nd October, 2018. The National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) remains activated and continues to coordinate relief distribution, damage assessments and clean-up operations in affected communities.
The CAF – Development Bank of Latin America has indicated that it will make a donation of USD 200,000 (TTD 1.3M approx.) to assist Government in its flood relief efforts.
In correspondence sent to Prime Minister Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley the President of the Latin American bank, Luis Carranza, expressed solidarity with the people of Trinidad and Tobago.
The Minister of Finance wishes to advise that on Saturday October 20th, 2018, contact was made with CCRIF SPC (the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility).
The Ministry of Finance has a catastrophe insurance policy with CCRIF, to cater for damage to physical infrastructure, the cost of clean-up and rescue operations, and funding for disaster relief for citizens and residents of Trinidad and Tobago.
Flood relief and recovery efforts continue in communities affected by the adverse weather which occurred between Thursday 18th October, 2018 to Monday 22nd October, 2018. The National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) remains activated and continues to coordinate response, relief distribution, damage assessments and clean-up operations in affected communities.
● Affected persons are receiving assistance of Government officials, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) is leading the response.
● The National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) is activated and continues to coordinate response, relief distribution, damage assessments and cleanup operations in affected communities.
● The Trinidad and Tobago United Nations Emergency Technical Team (UNETT) is activated and standingby to support national system.
Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency. Resilience Way, Lower Estate, St. Michael, Barbados www.cdema.org Tel: (246) 434-4880, Fax: (246) 271-3660 According to the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) as at 9:12AM October 25, 2018, a Riverine Flood Alert – Orange Level remains in effect.
The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services commenced assessments of flood affected households in various parts of East, Central, and south Trinidad on Monday 22nd October and has continued assessments in affected areas following catastrophic flooding which resulted from incessant rainfall on Thursday October 18th, and Friday 19th, 2018.
The Ministry of Education wishes to advise that the following schools which were closed due to the heavy rainfall and flood waters have reopened today Wednesday 24th October, 2018. The schools are: