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.
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.
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.
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.