Disaster

Health inspectors move to stop sale of flood-contaminated food

The Ministry of Health says that in the past week, Public Health Inspectors have inspected 17,449 premises in the flood-affected communities throughout Trinidad.

In a statement issued Thursday, the ministry said that thus far, inspectors have reported that 21 schools and 550 food premises were impacted.

It was also reported that 17 farms lost animals due to the recent flooding.

Gov't receives US$2.5 million flood insurance payment

CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) announced today that for the second year in a row, Trinidad & Tobago has received a payout on its Excess Rainfall policy following a period of heavy rainfall in October.

The Government received a payout of US$2,534,550 (approximately TT$17 million) due to heavy rains between October 18 and 20 2018.

Trinidad & Tobago has been a member of CCRIF since 2007 and has purchased CCRIF policies for tropical cyclones and earthquakes every year since then.

Huawei helps the helpers in flood relief efforts

The local arm of Huawei, a global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, has joined relief efforts following last weekend's floods.

On Friday Huawei T&T Limited recognised that, following the vast flooding in several areas, there were officers out on the front lines helping others in their communities with relief efforts, while their own homes and families were affected by flooding. 

The management and staff of Huawei T&T rallied to collect a variety of items to donate to the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service.

Single father, daughters now homeless after house fire

Single parent father Dillon Cooper grabbed his daughters and ran out of their burning house in Moruga on Thursday night after a candle ignited the wooden house.

Though he managed to save his girls, Cooper was unable to save his house which burnt to the ground.

The fire officers who responded to the call took a wrong road and by the time they arrived, the entire house had gone up in flames.

Dillon said this was the second tragedy he suffered after his brother Anton Cooper was killed by three prison officers at Golden Grove more than a decade ago.

Minister applauds CEPEP for prompt response

Minister of Rural Development and Local Government Haji Kazim Hosein has applauded the efforts of the Community Based Environmental Protection and Enhancement and Enhancement Programme (CEPEP), for their prompt response to citizens who have been severely affected following the adverse weather conditions and subsequent flooding.

CAL Cargo accepting relief supplies until November 23

Caribbean Airlines Cargo says it is accepting shipments of relief supplies as sent from any of the airline’s North American, Caribbean and South American destinations, effective immediately and ending at midnight on 23 November, 2018.

In a statement issued on Friday, CAL said that shipments will attract freight and handling charges specified by Caribbean Airlines Cargo.

It said that packaged items that will be accepted by Caribbean Airlines Cargo as relief supplies are as follows:

• Towels, sheets and linens

• Large plastic storage containers

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