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.
The Met Office has raised its warning level to the highest with regard to possible riverine flooding.
Riverine flooding occurs when water levels in a river overtops its banks and spills onto surrounding areas.
The Met Office says this type of flooding is more widespread and usually lasts for several days.
Currently, river levels have exceeded threshold levels and some have already over-spilled their banks.
Additional rainfall is expected hence river levels will remain at an elevated level over the next several days.
The Ministry of Works and Transport has opened the Priority Bus Route from Curepe to Arima.
This is due to flooding along the Churchill Roosevelt Highway today.
The ministry notes, however, that the PBR is already being used heavily and is advising that commuters may still face traffic.
The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government says that as the deluge across the country continues, all 14 Disaster Management Units (DMU) remain on high alert and continue to assist persons who may be trapped in their homes due to flooding or landslides.
The ministry says that earlier today, field officers from the respective DMUs visited critical areas that were reportedly affected following yesterday’s occurrences, to conduct damage assessments and distributing relief items as quickly as possible.
The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts will on Monday distribute around $2.4 million in Home Repair and Emergency Relief grants as well as Developmental Projects to families and communities throughout Trinidad.
A statement by the ministry says applicants will receive funding for the repair of their homes through a purchase order issued to a hardware supplier.
Trapped by his fears of being outdoors, Raffie Mohammed was burnt alive in a fire which destroyed his home in Penal on Monday afternoon.
His sister Nazra Baksh 52, who risked her life in a futile bid to save him, suffered extensive burns to her arms, back and legs, when she tried to pull him out from under a swing in the upper floor of the wooden house at Tulsa Branch Trace, Penal.
Mohammed, 47 suffered from down syndrome since birth and had never before left the safety of his home. He lived with his 87-year-old mother Shairoon Mohammed.
Hurricane Michael has left a trail of destruction and has killed two people.
A CNN report states that Mexico Beach, Florida, is not just destroyed but for the most part, it's not there anymore.
It says that from a helicopter, one can see that many of the homes and hotels that populated this beachside town of about 1,200 are gone.
A few houses and other structures remain standing, but they're the exceptions.
Hurricane Michael's wind and storm surge ripped up buildings like posies and carried them inland.
The Port Authority of T&T has apologised to passengers who had to endure a delay earlier today after the T&T Spirit encountered engine trouble ahead of its journey from Scarborough to Port-of-Spain.
In a release, acting Inter-Island Transportation CEO Vilma Lewis-Cockburn said the delay was due to a damaged starter motor and gear ring on the port inner main engine which was discovered during start-up.
She noted that the vessel did not stall during the voyage as was being reported.
More than 30 homes near the seafront at Bay Shore, Marabella, were ravaged by powerful waves caused by an unusually rough sea last evening.
Residents who live near the seafront lost household items, including beds, refrigerators and stoves after the waters invaded their homes.
The said just after midday yesterday an unusual wave pattern developed and by 4.30 pm many homes were damaged by high waves.
One affected resident was pensioner Mangree Harrydath, 70, and her husband, Aziz Hosein, 72.