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23 Jul 2018 description

Thousands of Venezuelans have fled to Trinidad in search of a better life, but the small nation is wary of the migrant influx

By Gregory Scruggs

PORT OF SPAIN, July 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Underneath a sign reading "Jesus was a refugee", a line of Venezuelan asylum seekers 30 people long stretches in front of a Catholic church in Trinidad's capital, Port of Spain.

12 Jun 2018 description

To support preparedness and mitigation activities across Trinidad and Tobago, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) has developed a Hurricane Preparedness eGuide.

The eGuide outlines the various actions persons should perform to be prepared before, during and after a Tropical Storm or Hurricane.

It is an excellent start in getting prepared for the 2018 Hurricane / Rainy Season.

You are responsible for planning to protect yourself, family, your staff, and facilities. The best defence against any hazard is being prepared.

23 Apr 2018 description

El grupo, que se encontraba detenido en Trinidad y Tobago fue deportado el sábado, a pesar de la petición de ACNUR de contar con acceso a las personas concernidas, así como a las intervenciones por escrito.

23 Apr 2018 description

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, deeply regrets the deportation this past weekend by Trinidad and Tobago of 82 Venezuelan nationals. The 82 include registered asylum-seekers and individuals who had declared an intention to apply for refugee status, making their return to Venezuela a breach of international refugee law.

23 Jan 2018 description

The Ministry of Works and Transport is aware of the landslide on the Naparima-Mayaro Road in the vicinity of Agustini Village which occurred recently, and wishes to advise the public that the Ministry will be conducting temporary repair works in the area to ensure that the road remains passable.

The Ministry wishes to advise further that the designs and tender documents for permanent repairs were completed by the Programme for Upgrading Roads Efficiently (PURE) Unit of the Ministry, and it is anticipated that construction work will commence by the end of February, 2018.

03 Jan 2018 description

ODPM gives status update on affected areas due to inclement weather conditions

03 Jan 2018 description

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Services has discontinued the Riverine Flood Alert.

The latest bulletin from Met Office said that information from the Water Resources Agency indicate that water levels in some areas have receded but reports indicate that some areas are still inundated. The Met Office said with no significant rainfall expected over the next few days, these levels are expected to steadily recede.

31 Dec 2017 description

ODPM updates the public on the status of incidents due to inclement weather conditions

30 Dec 2017 description

ODPM provides updates of incidents reported due to continued inclement weather conditions

30 Dec 2017 description

ODPM updates citizens on safety tips for the prolonged inclement weather conditions

29 Dec 2017 description

ODPM asks citizens to remain vigilant during continued inclement weather conditions for the next 24-48 hours

20 Nov 2017 description

November 19, 2017: The Ministry of Health continues to urge citizens to partner with the Ministry and other Public Sector agencies to reduce the spread of diseases associated with flooding. Public health interventions must be supported by individual precautionary measures to effectively reduce the incidences of water and food borne diseases. Public participation is especially critical during this season of high levels of rainfall and the resulting increased flooding.

30 Oct 2017 description

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, October 30, 2017. CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) announced today that Trinidad & Tobago will receive a payout of US$7,007,886 (approximately TT$47.4 million) on its Excess Rainfall policy following a period of heavy rainfall between October 18 and October 20 2017. CCRIF was able to determine the value of the payout after the end of this rainfall event and the payout will be made to the Government within 14 days after the end of the event.

24 Oct 2017 description

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) continues to support relief and recovery efforts to impacted areas caused by severe weather conditions resulting in widespread flooding across the nation.

The National response mechanism has been activated as of Wednesday 18th October 2017, as calls from the ODPM’s Regional Coordinators were being made to Regional Corporations’ Disaster Management Units. The following activities have been recorded in impacted Regional Corporations to this present time, in no specified order, as seen below:

24 Oct 2017 description

October 24, 2017: The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services commenced assessments of flood affected households today, October 23, 2017, as clearance was given by the Disaster Management Units (DMUs) under the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government.

08 Dec 2016 description

December 7, 2016: On Friday December 2, 2016, over one hundred (100) residents benefitted from the distribution of kerosene lamps in the communities of Grand Rivere, St Helena and Matelot.

The St Helena (Matelot) Community Centre, which was officially opened by Dr. the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly on November 22, 2016, was used as an emergency shelter where more than thirty-nine (39) families were able to seek shelter and receive hot meals.

02 Dec 2016 description

December 2, 2016: Senator the Honourable Rohan Sinanan, Minister of Works and Transport has assured residents of Matelot and environs that relief will be delivered to the area affected by heavy rainfall, following continuous road works which will be conducted over the upcoming weekend. The Hon. Minister gave the assurance following a tour of the area on Thursday 1st December, 2016 where he assessed the depth of damage to the roads and properties due to flooding and landslides in the area.

01 Dec 2016 description
  • Heavy rain affected several areas of the country on 30 November causing floods and landslides.
  • Local media, as of 1 December early morning (UTC), reported that several people have been evacuated, several homes damaged and traffic disrupted throughout the country.
  • Over the next 24 h, more heavy rain is forecast.
26 Sep 2016 description

September 23, 2016:

The Ministry of Health, following consultation with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) would like to inform the public that as of September 22nd, 2016, the number of confirmed cases of Zika Virus in Trinidad and Tobago stands at 489. Nineteen of these cases are in Tobago. The number of Zika positive pregnancies is 294.

The Ministry reminds citizens that four of five infected persons will not show any symptoms of the Zika virus and that only ‘high risk’ cases are confirmed by CARPHA. High risk cases are:-

  • Pregnant Women

16 Sep 2016 description

September 16, 2016: The Ministry of Health, following consultation with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) would like to inform the public that as of September 16th, 2016, the number of confirmed cases of Zika Virus in Trinidad and Tobago stands at 413. Fourteen (14) of these cases are in Tobago. The number of Zika positive pregnancies is 230.

The Ministry reminds citizens that four of five infected persons will not show any symptoms of the Zika virus and that only ‘high risk’ cases are confirmed by CARPHA. High risk cases are:-

• Pregnant Women