Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissesar is calling on the governemnt to activate Section 2 of the Disasters Measures Act.
The following is a statement by the Opposition Leader:
The torrential rains that we have experienced over the past three days and the resultant catastrophic flooding has transformed areas of our country into virtual disaster areas.
Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation chairman Paul Leacock says he is organising to get relief supplies to officers of the Caroni Police Station, who have been cut off by flood waters.
He said he has received thousands of reports following the massive flooding caused by heavy rains in the last 48 hours.
Leacock was out with members of staff collecting relief items at the TPRC's office on Centenary Street hours ago.
He said the TPRC has arranged for food to be sent to stranded officers at the Caroni station.
There are no reports of fatalities as a result of the flooding in some parts of Trinidad, National Security Minister Stuart Young has said.
Young made the statement during a press conference his ministry a short while ago, as reports of one dead in Greenville, La Horquetta, began being circulated on social media.
Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith is calling on all police officers who can make themselves available to report for duty at 6:00 pm at the Police Training Academy in St. James.
In a press release, the Commissioner says he intends to significantly increase the police presence across the country over the next 24 hour to ensure safety and security for all.
He also asked officers who reside in other Divisions to report to their perspective police station.
This includes officers of the Western, Port of Spain and North Eastern Divisions.
The Met of Trinidad and Tobago’s latest Adverse Weather Alert advisory is at Orange Level.
However, the current weather pattern bringing extensive rains across the country is set to continue until 6 pm Tuesday.
Muddied and drenched, Randell and Rawle Achaibar filled sand from a stockpile in Charlieville earlier this morning in a desperate bid to prevent further devastation following extensive floods at Dyette Estate in Central Trinidad.
"We did not sleep last night. We had five feet of water inside the house. All our neighbours lost possessions. Some of them don't have any vehicles so we are using our van to bring sandbags into the community," Rawle said.
The Tobago Festivals Commission advises that the Blue Food events have been cancelled for the rest of today.
Inclement weather and flooding on access roads to the venue make conditions hazardous for patrons attempting to access the venue.
The TFC will make an announcement later this evening regarding tomorrow’s activities.
The public is assured that the venue is prepared and well drained, so if there is a break in the weather, tomorrow’s activities can continue as planned.
The following is a list of schools release by the Ministry of Education being used as emergency shelters.
Minster of Education Anthony Garcia made an urgent call this morning for principals to open schools in affected ares.
Bon Air Secondary School
La Horquetta South Government Primary School
Maloney Government Primary School
Arima Boys Government Primary School
Arima Girls Government Primary School
Five Rivers Secondary School
St. Davids RC School
Madras Government Primary School
Las Lomas Government Primary School
Both sailings (6 am from Port of Spain and 4 pm from Scarborough) for the Galleons Passage on Sunday 21st October 2018, have been cancelled.
Due to inclement weather conditions, the technical team is still currently experiencing difficulty in getting across to Tobago to conduct investigations and address issues on board.
Confirmed passengers for both sailings will be accommodated on T&T Spirit on the following sailings: Sunday 21st October 2018 9:30 AM - Departing Scarborough 3:00 PM - Departing Port of Spain.
Flow wishes to advise that due to widespread flooding we are unable to keep today’s appointments for service installations and repairs.
Our customer service agents will be in touch with customers to re-schedule appointments.
Customers who have not yet received a call from us or those experiencing service issues can call our Call Centre at 223 FLOW and we will try to have issues resolved in the shortest possible timeframe.
We continue to monitor the situation to ensure the safety of our employees and to continue serving all our customers.