Disaster

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.

Red Alert: Riverine flooding warning now at its highest

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.

Priority Bus Route opened - Curepe to Arima

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.

Disaster Management Units on high alert

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.

Gov't to distribute $2.4 million in home repair & relief grants

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.

Penal man dies in house fire

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 kills 2, leaves trail of devastation

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.

Damaged gear ring delays T&T Spirit

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.

Rough seas damage Marabella homes

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.

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