Leaders around the Caribbean and Venezuela have offered their assistance to this country following flooding which caused severe damage to the homes of thousands of citizens in this country
Works Minister Rohan Sinanan is assuring that once temporary patchwork is completed, the damaged Uriah Butler Highway will be repaved.
He made the comment moments ago, even as workers from the ministry continued working of patching up several areas of the highway where flood waters had caused serious structural damage to the roadway.
An aerial view of the highway showed there were still flood waters on the southbound carriageway of the highway near the Caroni Bird Sanctuary Overpass up to 10 am.
National Security Minister Stuart Young estimates that some 3,500 households and between 100,000 and 120,000 persons were affected by flooding across T&T over the weekend.
Government-led clean-up operations have begun in most communities across T&T that were devastated by flooding.
The Ministry of Health says there have been no reports of death due to the current flooding.
In a press release today the ministry made reference to reports in the public domain alluding to the death of a resident of Greenvale Park, La Horquetta, as a result of the severe flooding in that area.
The Ministry of Health reiterated that as of yesterday October 21st their surveillance system has not produced any confirmed reports of death due to the current flooding.
The Ministry of Works and Transport has started repair work on various parts of the Uriah Butler Highway which were damaged by the weekend’s devastating flooding.
Both lanes were reopened to traffic hours ago after ministry officials determined flood waters on the southbound lane had receded sufficiently.
Residents of Mason Hall, Tobago, are thankful no one was hurt when tributaries from the Sandy River overflowed their banks yesterday.
At Estate Trace, Adelphi Road, the roadway over a bridge leading to five families flooded "suddenly" just after 11 am.
Just over two weeks ago the entire trace was paved by the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) for the first time since the trace was built to accommodate donkey carts over 40 years ago.
With the Caroni River still overflowing its banks, hundreds of motorists either trying to get to north or south Trinidad remain stranded on the Uriah Butler Highway.
And while hundreds of Good Samaritans have risked their own wellbeing to take aid to flood victims as torrential rain and flooding continues across Trinidad, disturbing stories about wrecker owners exploiting those trapped have emerged.
The Ministry of Education has stated only schools that have been affected by the rains and those that are being used as shelters will be closed.
In a press release today, the Education Minister issued a call for parents and students to be vigilant during these rains.
National Security Minister Stuart Young is warning looters that they will face the full brunt of the law if caught stealing items from flood victims.
His comments came during a tour of flood-raved Greenvale, La Horquetta, hours ago, following complaints by scores of residents hit hard by the flooding that looters had carted away their belongings last night while they were relocated to shelters
More Caribbean Airlines domestic flights continue to be disrupted by the adverse weather conditions at both Piarco and Arthur NR Robinson International Airports.
Passengers trying to get to the airport in Trinidad have been unable to pass through flooded routes.
Caribbean Airlines, in a statement earlier today, said all affected passengers are being accommodated on alternative flights.
In addition, the airline said it will begin to operate a jet service from 1.45 pm today to clear the backlog of passengers.