This is a national disaster!
This is according to Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley in response to widespread flooding across Trinidad and Tobago caused by heavy rainfall overnight.
Rowley said it will cost a lot of money to bring relief to those affected.
“This is a national disaster, the flooding is quite widespread and quite severe and it is going to cost a lot of money to bring relief to people who have been affected. Notwithstanding whatever shortages we are experiencing we will have to find the resources to help.”
He also provided an update on the situation in the St. Helena/ Kelly area.
“The situation is bad in the St Helena/Kelly area as these communities are still experiencing very high levels of water and the roads cannot be used by vehicular traffic. Rescue operations continue with the Coast Guard utilizing boats to reach stranded persons. I want to assure persons that the Government is doing all that it can to, in the first instance, rescue trapped persons and then to ensure that they have the resources they need when they get to the shelters,” the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister is now on his way to the Sangre Grande area.”
“I am heading to the Sangre Grande area now which has also been affected adversely. I am very disappointed to learn of reports of looting in this Eastern district. The police have clamped down on this and are on hand to ensure law and order.”
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