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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday 24th October, 2018 4:30 P.M.
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:
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) has issued Adverse Weather Alert #4 which downgrades the previous level from Orange to Yellow for Trinidad and Tobago, for today Tuesday 23rd October 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The TTMS has advised that there is localized convective activity with upper level enhancement expected in few areas. As such rainfall is still in the forecast.
FLASH FLOODING REPORTED ON THE EAST/WEST CORRIDOR
As a result of heavy rainfall occurring this afternoon, Monday 22nd October, 2018, the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) has received reports of flash flooding along the East/West Corridor in the following areas:
· The Maritime Plaza, Barataria
· The Priority Bus Route in the vicinity of Morvant Junction
· 6th Avenue and 10th Avenue, Barataria
Sunday 21st October, 2018 10:30 P.M.
The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government (MORDLG) and the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services (MSDFS) will conduct initial damage assessments of all persons affected by the adverse weather. Assessments will be conducted from tomorrow (Monday 22nd October, 2018).
NEOC & TEOC CONTINUE COORDINATION OF RESCUE OPERATIONS AND RELIEF DISTRIBUTION ACROSS TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
The National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) and Tobago Emergency Operations Centre (TEOC) are asking persons impacted by flooding to remain patient as we try to respond to high-risk communities, elderly, persons with disabilities, pregnant women and young children.
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.