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Situation Update: Severe weather causes landslides and flooding

 

The severe weather that has been affecting Trinidad and Tobago today has caused flooding and landslides throughout the country particularly along the North Western peninsula. This weather has been attributed to the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) enhanced by a low level trough.  

Landslides have been reported in :- Rich Plain Road, West Ridge Villas, Diego Martin Main Road, North Coast Road, Santa Cruz (from La Canoa to La Pastora), Morne Coco Road, Factory Road, Maraval, Paramin, Simeon Road, Paria, Blanchissuesse.

Flood reports have been received from:-

Rich Plain, Petite Valley, Diamond Vale, La Seiva, Pine Wood Gardens, New Yalta, Sairbieu, Queen Elizabeth Avenuue, B Sinai Street, Saddle Road, Mount Lambert, Sam Beaucaud, Blazzley Carenage, Woodbrook (Ariapita Avenue and Fitzblackman Drive), Arima (Beckles Avenue and Upper Mausica Road), Sangre Grande (Coalmine Road) and Tobago (Plymouth).

Six persons are trapped in a home on Clover Street, Morne Coco Road and the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service is providing rescue relief.

There has been one confirmed death where the body of a man was removed along the Diego Martin Main Road by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service. There is one unconfirmed death in La Puerta.

Currently, relief efforts have begun through the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Engineering Battalion, CEPEP, Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and the Disaster Management Units of the Regional Corporations.

Citizens are asked to do the following after a flood event:-

·        Stay away from flood waters. The water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage. The water may also be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.

·        Stay away from moving water. Moving water only six inches deep can sweep you off your feet.

·        Be aware of areas where flood waters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.

·        Stay away from downed utility lines and report them to the releavant authorities.

·        Stay away from disaster areas.

·        Consider your family's health and safety needs. Wash your hands frequently with soap and clean water if you come in contact with flood waters. Throw away food that has come in contact with    flood waters. Listen for news reports to learn whether the community's water supply is safe to drink.

The ODPM is closely monitoring the situation, coordinating relief efforts and will issue more information as it becomes available. Please continue to adopt safety measures to ensure the protection of life and property and closely monitor all media for updates from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service and the ODPM.  If you have been impacted you can contact your regional municipal corporation or our Emergency Call Centre at 511.

ENDS

Issued by:-

Public Information, Education and Community Outreach Unit

868 640 1285 ext 14414/ publicinformation@odpm.gov.tt

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