Minister of Planning and Development Camille Robinson-Regis 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, the ministry said in a statement Thursday.
This follows the grant of US$200,000 from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) through the utilisation of the Emergency Response Grant under the CDB’s Disaster Management Strategy and Operational Guidelines.
Minister Robinson-Regis accepted the bank’s offer of US$200,000.00 (approx. TT $1.3 million) on behalf of the Government and people of Trinidad and Tobago.
The ministry said the Technical Assistance for Disaster Emergencies grant is to support the Government’s continued efforts to address the immediate disaster relief needs which have arisen as a result of the flooding.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Planning and Development, Joanne Deoraj, has engaged the Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society to be “the executing agency to ensure that these resources reach the affected communities and bring relief to our affected citizens as quickly as possible”.
On October 24th, 2018, Minister Robinson-Regis, who is also a Governor on the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Development Bank confirmed the offer of another US$200,000 from the CDB for assistance to flood victims to be implemented by the United Nations Development Programme in T&T.
The Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) also provided a grant of US $200,000.00 towards flood assistance.
The total provided by the three agencies amounts to approximately TT$4 million.