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.

Flood-stricken Mayaro starved of help

As res­i­dents of Mafek­ing Vil­lage, Ma­yaro be­gan clear­ing their homes af­ter six days of floods, Rio Claro/Ma­yaro Re­gion­al Cor­po­ra­tion (RCM­RC) chair­man Glen Ram said the Gov­ern­ment had not done any­thing to as­sist the trau­ma­tised com­mu­ni­ty.

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.

Family kills 5-foot boa seeking flood refuge

Snakes and caimans dis­placed by the ex­pan­sive flood­ing of the Cen­tral Plains are find­ing their way in­to the prop­er­ties of res­i­dents and some have al­ready been killed.

On Sat­ur­day, a five-foot rain­bow boa slith­ered in­side the liv­ing-room of a house at Munroe Road, Ch­agua­nas, af­ter the Ca­roni Riv­er burst its banks and flood­ing hun­dreds of hous­es on the Cen­tral Plains.

Res­i­dent Dave Roop­nar­ine said the snake posed a threat so it was killed and dumped.

PM on decision to turn down regional help: "We've been coping well"

Al­though T&T is fac­ing a dif­fi­cult pe­ri­od fol­low­ing dev­as­tat­ing flood­ing last week­end, Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley ad­mits he felt com­pelled to turn down help from Cari­com coun­tries be­cause "we have been cop­ing .... and cop­ing very well."

Row­ley said he said noth­ing wrong by not ac­cept­ing help from our Caribbean neigh­bours.

The PM made the com­ment ear­li­er to­day as he de­liv­ered the fea­ture ad­dress at the sod turn­ing cer­e­mo­ny for the $49 mil­lion Diego Mar­tin Health Cen­tre.

Almost 500 cheques for flood victims ready—Minister

Min­is­ter of So­cial De­vel­op­ment and Fam­i­ly Ser­vices Cher­rie-Ann Crichlow-Cock­burn has al­ready pre­pared re­lief grants for 194 house­holds af­fect­ed by last week­end's dev­ast­ing floods.

Speak­ing at a joint press con­fer­ence at the Min­istry of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty in Port-of-Spain ear­li­er, Crichlow-Cock­burn said her min­istry was ex­pect­ed to have cheques pre­pared for 253 ad­di­tion­al fam­i­lies by the end of to­day.