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Opposition calls on government to declare parts of T&T disaster areas

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.

Caroni Police Station cut off

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.

Young: No flood-related deaths recorded

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.

CoP calls out all officers

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. 

Met Office warns of more bad weather, flooding

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.

Volunteers ramp up support for flood victims

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.

Parlatuvier Tobago: Blue Food Festival cancelled

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.

List of schools being used as emergency shelters

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

Sailing of Galleons Passage on Sunday October 21st cancelled

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 : Installation and repair appointments for today will be re-scheduled

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.

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