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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

04 Jun 2016 description

June 3, 2016: The Ministry of Health, following consultation with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) would like to inform the public that currently the number of confirmed cases of Zika Virus in Trinidad stands at 40.

While the Ministry of Health continues its efforts to monitor Zika and other mosquito borne diseases, citizens are encouraged to follow the under-mentioned steps to prevent infection of themselves and their loved ones:

27 Mar 2016 description

March 23, 2016: The Ministry of Health, following consultation with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) wishes to inform the public that one additional case of the Zika virus in Trinidad has been confirmed. This brings the total number of confirmed Zika cases in Trinidad to seven. There are at this time, no confirmed cases in Tobago.

22 Mar 2016 description

March 22nd, 2016: The Public Health Agency (CARPHA) wishes to inform the public that one additional case of the Zika virus in Trinidad has been confirmed. This brings the total number of confirmed six. There are at this time, no confirmed cases in Tobago.

This newly confirmed case is located in the area of old male presented with fever, rash and Control Division and the County Medical Officer of Health have been informed commenced. The Ministry of Health of themselves and their loved ones.

11 Mar 2016 description

March 10, 2016: The Ministry of Health, following consultation with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) wishes to inform the public that one additional case of the Zika virus in Trinidad has been confirmed. This brings the total number of confirmed Zika cases in Trinidad to four (4). There are at this time, no confirmed cases in Tobago.

05 Mar 2016 description

March 5, 2016: The Ministry of Health, following consultation with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) wishes to inform the public that two (2) additional cases of the Zika virus in Trinidad have been confirmed. This brings the total number of confirmed Zika cases in Trinidad to three (3). There are at this time, no confirmed cases in Tobago.

29 Feb 2016 description

Disease Outbreak News
29 February 2016

On 18 February 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of Trinidad and Tobago notified PAHO/WHO of the country’s first case of Zika virus infection.

The patient is a 61-year-old female who reported fever and rash on 10 February. The patient’s blood sample was taken on 13 February and, on 17 February, was confirmed to be positive for Zika virus by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) laboratory.

20 Nov 2015 description

Author: Rajiv Amar Jalim

As unusually heavy rainfall battered Trinidad's east coast a year ago, a lagoon here was overwhelmed, flooding a major access road to the island’s south-eastern communities. As the flood waters poured over Manzanilla beach, they washed sand away, caved in sections of road and collapsed a seawall at a tourist beach facility. Further damages were also incurred with the flooding of homes and agricultural plots.

20 Feb 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Desmond Brown

FONDES AMANDES, Trinidad, Feb 18 2015 (IPS) - Not far above Trinidad’s capital, Port-of-Spain, in a corner of the St. Ann’s valley in the Northern Range, the community of Fondes Amandes have come together since 1982 to respond to the climate change.

For several years, bush fires reduced their forested surroundings to burned grass and charred tree stumps.

Locals have also witnessed increased rainfall in the area, in which the rainy season has encroached on the dry.

22 Jul 2014 description

Trinidad and Tobago - IOM, in cooperation with Trinidad and Tobago’s Counter Trafficking Unit and the Ministry of Labor and Small and Micro Enterprise Development (MLSMED), is hosting a two-day counter trafficking workshop for labor inspectors ending today in the capital Port of Spain.

The event also targets other key ministry personnel, who as possible first responders, need to know the basic concepts of human trafficking, how to identify it and how respond.

20 Mar 2014 description

March 19, 2014: Fifty seven persons affected by floods late last year were on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 compensated by Government to the tune of $10,000 each.

Minister of the People and Social Development Dr. Glenn Ramadharsingh presented the cheques to colleague, MP for St.Augustine Minister Prakash Ramadhar, at whose office on Pasea Main Road, Tunapuna, the distribution took place.

06 Feb 2014 description

February 4, 2014: The Ministry of Works and Infrastructure wishes advises the public that it has initiated a Coastal Protection Programme to address the most crucial of coastal erosion, instability and flooding cases along the coastline of Trinidad. This Programme will be undertaken by the newly-formed Coastal Protection Unit (CPU) which intends to implement approximately twenty-six (26) coastal protection projects that target coastal instability in order to reduce erosion, over a three year period.

Included among those projects are the following:

02 Jan 2014 description
report Inter Press Service

By Jewel Fraser

PORT OF SPAIN, Dec 31 2013 (IPS) - In the southwest peninsula of Cedros, one of Trinidad’s driest areas, Jenson Alexander grows the cocoa used for many years by the British chocolate giant Cadbury.

Dry conditions mean that he frequently faces bush fires, a challenge compounded by increasing climate variability that makes it difficult to predict when an extended dry season, and the fires that accompany it, are likely to occur.

12 Dec 2013 description

Loan of $120 million will improve drainage infrastructure and aid institutional strengthening of the sector

Trinidad and Tobago will minimize impacts from the lack of, or insufficient, urban drainage infrastructure in critical areas of the city of Port of Spain (POS) through a US$120 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

20 Sep 2013 description

September 19, 2013:

The Ministry of the People and Social Development advises residents of Diego Martin that Friday 20th September, 2013 will be the FINAL day for submitting reports on losses, as a result the recent flood, to the Ministry’s representative at the Emergency Operations Centre located at the Diego Martin Regional Corporation.

Residents are advised to be at home on Saturday September 21st and Sunday September 22nd 2013 asofficers attached to the Ministry’s disaster response team will be conducting the FINAL phase of Assessments and Verification this weekend.