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.
There are no reports of fatalities as a result of the flooding in some parts of Trinidad, National Security Minister Stuart Young has said.
Young made the statement during a press conference his ministry a short while ago, as reports of one dead in Greenville, La Horquetta, began being circulated on social media.
Minister of Education Anthony Garcia has issued an urgent call to principals of primary and seconday schools in La Horquetta, Maloney and Arima to report to their schools so they can be used as emergency shelters.
Upward of two thousand (2000) persons have been displaced within these communities and immediate assistance is needed.
The Ministry of Education is in contact with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to see what support is needed and where shelters can be provided.
Minister of Rural Development and Local Government Haji Kazim Hosein has ordered an investigation into suspected building approval corruption at the Chaguanas Borough Corporation.
This follows the submission of documents by Cunupia Councillor Vandana Mohit alluding to improper practices at the Chaguanas Borough Corporation's building department.
This comes after a recent shooting incident at the councillor's home, which she has called a reprisal for her questioning delays in the building approval process for certain burgesses in her electoral district.
Oropouche East Member of Parliament, Dr Roodal Moonilal says the decision by Government Members of Parliament to call for him to be referred to the Privileges Committee of Parliament on two issues, is tantamount to harassment and intimidation.
In a statement today, Moonilal said, however, that he has faith in the institutions of Parliament and is not afraid of the process.
Dr Moonilal has been referred to the Privileges Committee for statements he made in the Lower House regarding Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and A&V Oil and Gas Limited.
Finance Minister Colm Imbert and Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan are being respectively invited by Naparima and Moruga residents to experience the “pleasure” of driving over two roads which residents want to rename in their honour the “Colm Imbert Boulevard” and the “Sinanan Drive.”
The roads—Garth Road, Piparo and Jaipaulsingh Road in Moruga— are said by councillors of each area to be the first and second worst roads in T&T.
The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts will on Monday distribute around $2.4 million in Home Repair and Emergency Relief grants as well as Developmental Projects to families and communities throughout Trinidad.
A statement by the ministry says applicants will receive funding for the repair of their homes through a purchase order issued to a hardware supplier.