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DIEGO MARTIN REGION STILL A DISASTER ZONE

 

The public is advised that despite extensive Relief and Restoration efforts to date, the Diego Martin region is still declared a Disaster Zone.
 
Given the extent of damages incurred, various Disaster Response, Recovery & Rehabilitation Agencies have been deployed in an effort to ramp up cleaning and restoration efforts, including teams from CEPEP, URP, Regional Corporations from numerous districts from around the country.
 
These works may result in periodic disruptions and closure of roadways. The public is advised to proceed with caution and to be guided by the directions provided by on site teams. We take the opportunity to thank residents, pedestrian and travelling public for their patience thus far and their continued support and understanding as restoration efforts continue.
 
Damage Assessments and Emergency Responses are being conducted and managed by agencies such as ODPM, Diego Martin Regional Corporation, REACT, Ministry of the People & Social Development & the National Commission for Self Help.
 
DRINKING WATER AVAILABLE FROM WASA - HOTLINE 645- 0389
WASA has activated an Emergency Response Unit to dispatch drinking water to residents without a pipe borne water supply. This Hotline, 645- 0389, is accessible 24 hours a day and WASA will dispatch units as requests are received.
 
RELIEF SUPPLIES BEING DISTRIBUTED TO AFFECTED RESIDENTS
Between Saturday August 11, 2012 and Monday August 13, 2012, approximately 229 residents contacted the Diego Martin Regional Corporation for various levels of assistance following last Saturday’s floods and landslides.
 
Teams have also been dispatched to assist with distribution of relief supplies to affected residents, including mattresses, tarpaulins and food supplies and hampers. This effort was assisted further by Columbus Communications Trinidad Limited (Flow) who provided emergency landline telephone, Internet and cable television services to the Corporation, whose telecommunications services were damaged by Saturday’s flooding and landslides. Flow also provided several of their service vehicles and staff to collect and drop off relief items to affected families in the communities.
Relief efforts are ongoing and outreach initiatives are ramped up on a daily basis.
 
ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE SERVICES
Residents requiring urgent health care are advised to call 811 for Ambulance assistance or visit
the St James Medical Complex or the Port of Spain General Hospital.
Persons requiring health care assistance but are unable to leave their homes are encouraged to
contact the Diego Martin Regional Corporation at any of its hotline numbers:
 ODPM Toll Free Hotline number- 511
 Flow Hotline-
 Digicel Hotline- 387- 0260
 Bmobile Hotlines- 473- 5398; 473- 5556; 473- 5546
Persons needing to replace prescription medication which were lost as a result of the floods can visit their local Health Centres which will be accessible daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Petite Valley Health Centre will be extending its opening hours tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
 
SHELTERS AVAILABLE FOR DISPLACED RESIDENTS:
Residents displaced due to flooding and landslides are reminded that two authorized shelters are
available at:
1. Central Diego Martin Community Centre, Diego Martin
2. La Seiva Community Centre, Maraval (based at the old rifle range)
Basic amenities are available at these shelters and we encourage residents to utilize these authorized facilities until they can return to their homes.
 
RESIDENTS URGED NOT TO DISPOSE OF DAMAGED FURNITURE & APPLIANCES
Damage Assessments are currently being undertaken by The Ministry of The People & Social Development & the National Commission for Self Help in an effort to gauge the extent of damages caused by Saturday’s devastating floods and landslides. This process began on Saturday August 11, 2012, immediately following the disaster, and representatives will continue interviews until all affected residents are assessed as a matter of urgency. During this assessment, representatives will take note of the household items destroyed and physical infrastructure damaged caused as a result of the floods and landslides. As such, residents are URGED to NOT dispose of destroyed furniture and appliances until the assessment is completed.
To fast track this process, it is recommended that residents prepare a list of all damaged equipment and have these items at hand for when representatives visit their homes. Damaged items can be discarded after the assessment is completed. The Diego Martin Regional Corporation will assist with the collection and disposals.
 
DONATIONS & VOLUNTEER EFFORTS
The Diego Martin Regional Corporation has been receiving numerous requests and outpouring of support from members of the public. Persons wishing to donate items for distribution to affected families are encouraged to drop these off at The Diego Martin Regional Corporation office based at 143 – 144 North Post Road, Diego Martin. 
Persons willing to offer their assistance on a volunteer basis are also encouraged to contact the Corporation at the Toll Free Hotline 511 or visit its office at 143- 144 North Post Road, Diego Martin, where they will be briefed and assigned by authorized Corporation staff. The Diego Martin Regional Corporation wishes to thank the public for their outpouring of support.
The next update will be provided at 12 noon on Tuesday August 14, 2012.

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