Opposition calls on government to declare parts of T&T disaster areas

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.

Young: No flood-related deaths recorded

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 calls on principals to open schools in areas affected by flooding

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 orders investigation into alleged corruption at Chaguanas Borough Corporation

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.

Moonilal views Privilege Committee referrals as PNM abuse

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.

Moruga residents move to rename roads after Imbert, Sinanan

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.

Gov't to distribute $2.4 million in home repair & relief grants

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.