The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) has issued a Riverine Flood Alert #2 – Red Level for areas along Trinidad’s main river courses and associated tributaries, for the period Friday 19th October, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. toFriday 26th October, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) is the legal authority to issue riverine alerts. Red level means that there is a high risk and extreme damage or casualties may be unavoidable even in usually safe places.
Riverine Flood Alert #1 – Orange Level
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) has issued a Riverine Flood Alert #1 – Orange Level for communities located along Trinidad’s main river courses and associated tributaries, for the period Thursday 18th October, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to Tuesday 23rd October, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. Orange level means that you should prepare to safeguard yourself and your property.
The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services commenced the distribution of disaster relief grants, paid in the form of cheques, to the Beetham Community, to assist in the replacement of destroyed household items following the severe flooding which occurred due to heavy rainfall on July 01, 2018.
UPDATE: Magnitude 6.9 Earthquake at 5:31 PM (21/08/18)
Magnitude 6.0 Aftershock at 9:28 AM (22/08/18)
Summary of Damage Assessments
The following is a report from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) Trinidad and Tobago on the ongoing damage assessments following the earthquake and aftershocks between August 21 and 22, 2018.
The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) made contact with the National Disaster Coordinator in Trinidad and Tobago following the 6.9 magnitude earthquake felt across Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday 21st August, 2018 at 5:31 p.m.
CDEMA Coordinating Unit (CU) indicated that the following CDEMA Participating States also reported tremors around the same time: Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname.
Wednesday 22nd August, 2018 9:20 a.m.
NEOC PROVIDES AN UPDATE ON INTERAGENCY COLLABORATION SUBSEQUENT TO 6.8 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE
On behalf of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) is currently coordinating assessments of all critical infrastructure, government buildings, roadways, and private properties subsequent to the 6.8 magnitude earthquake felt across the country on Tuesday 21st August, 2018 at 5:31 p.m.
Following the inclement weather over the past few days and more heavy rainfall anticipated over the weekend, according to the MET Office; the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services has activated its internal disaster response team and stands ready to provide the necessary assistance to persons affected by flooding.
According to the University of the West Indies (UWI) Seismic Research Centre (SRC) the 6.8 magnitude earthquake occurred at 5:31PM (Local Time) at a depth of 88km. The earthquake was located Latitude 10.47N and Longitude 62.75W at 57km SE of Carupano, Venezuela. The Earthquake was felt strongly in Trinidad and Tobago in the cities of Port of Spain and San Fernando. The following CDEMA Participating States also reported tremors around the same time: Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ODPM gives status update on affected areas due to inclement weather conditions
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.
ODPM updates the public on the status of incidents due to inclement weather conditions
ODPM provides updates of incidents reported due to continued inclement weather conditions
ODPM updates citizens on safety tips for the prolonged inclement weather conditions
ODPM asks citizens to remain vigilant during continued inclement weather conditions for the next 24-48 hours
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.