Wednesday, 25 October 2017 13:27

Ministry Of Rural Development And Local Government’s Relief Drive To Aid Flood Victims

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October 25th, 2017 Kent House, Maraval –Over the past few days, a number of communities across Trinidad have been experiencing severe flooding due to heavy rainfalls. Some of the low-lying areas that were significantly affected include Piarco, Carapo, Dow Village, Barrackpore, Woodland, Penal, Princes Town, Moruga, Mafeking and the Mayaro/Manzanilla region.

The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government has been working in concert with the Disaster Management Units of the 14 Municipal Corporations to ensure that citizens across the country who have been severely impacted by torrential rains receive assistance through the provision of sandbags, mattresses, non-perishable food items, canned foods, water, baby and household supplies as well as basic care packages. Lead Disaster Management Coordinator, Mr Rishi Siew has been working arduously with the Disaster Coordinators of each Municipal Corporation to ensure that the members of public who live in the areas affected receive timely assistance from the DMUs and continue to update the country on the recent weather patterns and progressions.

The Ministry appealed tocorporate volunteers and received a 20ft shipping container on loan from Eagles Transport Ltd to hold donation items.Damus Limited delivered the container to the Ministry’s Head Office at Kent House, Maravalon Monday afternoon. Contributions were also received by Corporatedonors such as the Kiss Baking Company, SM Jaleel, Unilever, and an NGO group ‘Yes She Can’.

Minister Haji Kazim Hosein, who was out assisting in flood affected communities from last Thursday and all throughout the weekend, hashighlighted the need for timely relief and callson more volunteers and donors to get involved. “We got a wonderful response from corporate Trinidad yesterday and through their efforts, were able to lend assistance in the Princes Town and Mayaro/Rio Claro areas. Today we will be delivering items in the Woodland and Rousillac areas, and we hope to go out again on Friday.”

The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government is also in communication with CEPEP to redirect its resources to areas that have been greatly affected and are in need of urgent assistance at this time. Members of the public are commended for utilizing the 14 Disaster Emergency Response Hotline Numbers and persons are encouraged to continue reporting incidents such as flooding, impassible roads, and landslips.

Donations are currently being received at the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government during the hours of 8:00am to 4:00pm. For more information on how to get involved citizens may call the National Volunteer Coordinator, Mr. Matthew Kailah at 314-6481.

The hotline numbers are as follows:

Diego Martin Regional Corporation: 800-DMRC (3672)
San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation: 800-SLRC (7572)
Arima Borough Corporation: 800-2ABC (2222)
Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation: 800-TPRC (8272)
Port-of-Spain City Corporation: 800-PSCC (7722)
Sangre Grande Regional Corporation: 800-SGRC (7472)
Chaguanas Borough Corporation: 800-DCBC (3222)
Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation: 800-CTTC (2882)
Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Corporation: 800-4MRC (4672)
Princes Town Regional Corporation: 800-PTRC (7872)
Point Fortin Borough Corporation: 800-PFBC (7322)
San Fernando City Corporation: 800-SCDU (7238)
Penal/Debe Regional Corporation: 800-PDRC (7372)
Siparia Regional Corporation: 800-SRDU (7738)


 Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government

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