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Friday, 20 October 2017 15:13

Ministry Of National Security Mobilises Resources To Assist In Flood Relief Efforts

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20 October 2017: The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), Ministry of National Security has activated its response mechanisms and mobilized resources to assist persons in flood affected areas following this week’s persistent rainfall.

The ODPM continues to work closely with the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government’s Disaster Management Units (DMUs) and the Ministry of Works and Transport to render assistance to the affected communities.

This morning, Friday 20th October, 2017, the ODPM received a request from the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation for the evacuation of approximately two hundred (200) residents from the Woodland area and Rochard Douglas Road, Barrackpore.

In response to this request the ODPM coordinated with the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force which has deployed two (2) teams from the Regiment’s Engineering Battalion to move the marooned persons into designated shelters at Rochard Government Primary School and Woodland Hindu Primary School for a three (3) day period. The Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service has also been deployed to assist with flood relief operations in affected areas.

Additionally, the Ministry of Works and Transport (MOWT) has mobilized manpower and equipment to treat with flood related issues in the following areas: Devenish Hill, Rio Claro Tabaquite; La Lune Road, Moruga; Brasso Seco Area; Arima Blanchisseusse Road; Paria Main Road; Couva Flyover (Failed culvert). The MOWT is currently addressing several major landslips on the North Coast Road, Maracas.

Members of the public are reminded that in the event of natural or man-made hazards/disasters the Disaster Management Units in affected municipalities will conduct initial damage assessments. Following this, requests will be made to the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management which will then coordinate the required state resources to render assistance.

Please also note the following if you are impacted:
* Contact your Regional Corporation through the designated DMU’s toll- free hotlines. DMU officials will advise on the shelters which are open in your area.
* Look out for updates from the Ministry of Works and Transport in collaboration with the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service for advisories on traffic diversions, updates on impassable routes, major roadworks and instructions to delay travel.

Minister of National Security Major General (Ret’d) the Honourable Edmund Dillon stands in solidarity with our affected citizens and gives the assurance that the Ministry of National Security and all state response agencies will continue to mobilize the necessary resources to restore affected areas to normalcy in the shortest possible time.

 

- Ministry of National Security

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