PM: We didn't have enough inflatables for disaster

The state fell down on two ar­eas in the re­cent flood dis­as­ter - lack of suf­fi­cient in­flat­able ves­sels and in­stances con­cern­ing peo­ple in the deep­est wa­ter in the deep­est part of com­mu­ni­ties who didn't want to leave their homes.

Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley con­firmed this at Thurs­day's week­ly Gov­ern­ment me­dia brief­ing.

Proman Group gives $1 million to flood relief efforts

The Proman Group with local subsidiaries MHTL, DeNovo Energy, Industrial Plant Services Limited (IPSL), Process Energy (Trinidad) and Proman AG (Trinidad) has offered support by donating TT$1 million to assist in the relief efforts following last weeks floods.

The group says that the money, channelled through the Living Water Community, will be used to assist families as they get back on their feet and rebuild their lives.

No mortgage, rental payments until January for flood-affected HDC residents

Households affected by flooding will begin getting flat cheques from tomorrow, amounting to $15,000 for households without children and $20,000 for households with children, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced on Thursday.

In addition, Housing Development Corporation (HDC) residents affected by the floods will have their mortgage and rent payments deferred until January 2019, to allow them to have more money to recover.

HDC residents pay mortgages to the Trinidad and Tobago Mortgage Finance Limited and rent payments are made to the HDC.

Caribbean Development Bank gives $1.3 million to flood relief

Minister of Planning and Development Camille Robinson-Regis has received financial support in the form of grant funding from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) towards emergency relief efforts for communities affected by the recent flooding. 

The sum amounts to US$200,000, which, when converted, is equivalent to approximately TT$1.3 million. 

The relief from this grant is to be executed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with local authorities.  

Kalpoos tell flood victims stop bad begging

Hav­ing been hailed as he­roes for res­cu­ing over 400 peo­ple when floods wa­ters reached the roofs of homes in Kel­ly Vil­lage, the Kalpoo broth­ers are now comb­ing through the man­grove vil­lages of the Cen­tral Plains try­ing to find fam­i­lies who have not re­ceived any help.

Navin Kalpoo, his broth­er Ravi and their team from Ibis Tours, yes­ter­day went to the back of Sie­u­nar­ine Trace to find the fam­i­lies who were un­reach­able be­cause of the floods.