Disaster Management Units (DMUs) provide emergency response efforts along East-West Corridor

June 27, 2020 – TheMinister of Rural Development and Local Government, Senator the Honourable Kazim Hosein, wishes to advise the public that the Disaster Management Units of all fourteen (14) Municipal Corporations have been deployed to provide emergency relief service to citizens affected by this morning’s severe weather.

Noting the passage of a tropical wave, the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Office issued an Adverse Weather Alert - Yellow Level for Saturday June 27, 2020 from 7:15AM to 2:00PM. This resulted in heavy rains and gusty winds which battered homes along the East-West Corridor causing blown-off roofs, fallen trees and fallen powered lines in the municipalities of Port of Spain, Diego Martin, San Juan, Tunapuna, Arima and Sangre Grande.

The Disaster Management Units of the various Municipal Corporations along with tree cutters, the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service (TTFS), Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), Ministry of Works and Transport – Highways Division and the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) have been working assiduously to clear debris on the roadways to ensure accessibility to citizens, restore electrical supply and provide shelter to affected citizens.

Minister Hosein urges all citizens to be cautious when traversing areas impacted by inclement weather such as fallen trees and powerlines. “We have received several reports from citizens requiring assistance as a result of blown roofs. Our DMU teams are on site lending assistance, conducting assessments and providing relief items. I encourage members of the public to contact their respective Disaster Management Unit through the 24hr Hotline Numbers for assistance problems in their area.”

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers are also responding to reports of fallen trees in Mausica Lands and La Horquetta. They are removing tree cuttings and other debris from homes and the roadways.

Citizens are also advised to keep abreast of warnings and updates from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (MET Office), Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) and other reputable sources for timely and accurate information.

Reports received by the DMUs indicate that the following areas experienced blown roofs, fallen trees and downed power lines:

PORT OF SPAIN CITY CORPORATION

1)             Queens’ Park Savannah near Citi Bank and QRC

2)             St Clair

3)             Belmont

4)             Hayes Street

5)             Quarry Road, Gonzales

6)             Brian Lara Promenade

7)             Elizabeth Street

8)             Layan Hill, Upper St Francois Valley

SAN JUAN/LAVENTILLE REGIONAL CORPORATION

1) Mission Road, San Juan

2) Morvant

3) Upper Belmont

4) Champ Fleur

5) Santa Cruz

6) North Coast Road

ARIMA BOROUGH CORPORATION

1)    Arima Market

2)    Arima Tennis Court

3)    Mausica Lands

4)    Calvary

5)    Tumpuna Road

TUNAPUNA/PIARCO REGIONAL CORPORATION

1) Mohan Street, Bamboo Settlement #2

2) Maloney

3) Amazon Road

4) Wallerfield

5) Olton Road

6) Granderson Road, D’abadie

SANGRE GRANDE REGIONAL CORPORATION

1) Sangre Grande

2) Valencia

3) Heights of Aripo

4) Toco Road

5) Fishing Pond

6) Manzanilla

7) Cumuto

8) Ojoe Road

Diego Martin

1) Cocorite

2) Goodwood Park

3) Powder Magazine

 

Minister Kazim Hosein reassures the public that the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government remains committed to providing effective response in emergency situations by providing relief to any affected citizen.

DISASTER MANAGEMENT UNIT – HOTLINE NUMBERS

Arima Borough Corporation 800-2ABC (2222)

Chaguanas Borough Corporation 800- DCBC (3222)

Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation 800 - CTTC (2882)

Diego Martin Regional Corporation 800 - DMRC (3672)

Penal/Debe Regional Corporation 800 - PDRC (7372)

Point Fortin Regional Corporation 800 - PFBC (7322)

Princes Town Regional Corporation 800 - PTRC (7872)

Port of Spain City Corporation 800- PSCC (7722)

San Fernando City Corporation 800 - SCDU (7238)

Sangre Grande Regional Corporation 800 - SGRC (7472)

San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation 800 - SLRC (7572)

Siparia Regional Corporation 800 - 4SRC (4772)

Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Corporation 800 - 4MRC (4672)

Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation 800 - TPRC (8772)

Tobago Emergency Management Agency     - 211

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