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.
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.
Several families from across the country, have received grant assistance from the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services, under its National Social Development Programme (NSDP).
The grants which amount to up to $15,000 for materials, were distributed in a brief ceremony held at the Ministry’s Head Office in Port of Spain on Monday.
Among the 22 recipients were also victims of natural or man-made disasters resulting from flood or fire damages.
The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services says that following the inclement weather over the past few days and more heavy rainfall anticipated over the weekend it has activated its internal disaster response team and stands ready to provide the necessary assistance to persons affected by flooding.
The Ministry says that at present, it is working closely with its key disaster stakeholders including the first responders – the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government’s Disaster Management Units (DMUs), to assess reported cases in affected areas.
The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) is advising citizens of steps they should take to avoid electrocution during flooding throughout the rainy season.
T&TEC issued guidelines via a media statement on Friday.
"In light of recent heavy rains and subsequent flooding, and the expected reoccurrence during the rest of the rainy season, the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) is reminding persons to take the necessary safety precautions to protect their lives and properties.