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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.