Ministry sets up flood relief hotline

The Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment and Fam­i­ly Ser­vices has set up a hot­line in an ef­fort to ren­der sup­port to those res­i­dents who were af­fect­ed by last week’s flood­ing in south Trinidad.

In a re­lease, the min­istry said as a sec­ond re­spon­der, it is now work­ing close­ly with its key dis­as­ter stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing the first re­spon­ders – the Of­fice of Dis­as­ter Pre­pared­ness and Man­age­ment and the Min­istry of Rur­al De­vel­op­ment and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment’s Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Units (DMUs), to as­sess re­port­ed cas­es, so that as­sis­tance can be ren­dered to the thou­sands of peo­ple whose home were flood­ed out dur­ing the pe­ri­od.

It said to date, 190 as­sess­ments had been com­plet­ed by the Pe­nal/Debe Re­gion­al Cor­po­ra­tion’s DMU and these will be sub­mit­ted to the Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment and Fam­i­ly Ser­vices for re­view, cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and pro­cess­ing of re­lief grant cheques.

This was the sec­ond times in re­cent weeks that parts of the coun­try had been hit by se­vere flood­ing. Thou­sands of house­holds were al­so hit dur­ing the floods of Oc­to­ber 19-21.

The min­istry said it re­mains com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing the nec­es­sary re­sources are mo­bilised to bring a sense of nor­mal­cy to af­fect­ed fam­i­lies in the short­est pos­si­ble time. Af­fect­ed per­sons were ad­vised call the toll-free hot­line at 800-1MSD or the Na­tion­al Fam­i­ly Ser­vices Di­vi­sion at 623-2608; Ext 6300 -6307 for psy­cho-so­cial sup­port or coun­selling.

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