Pictured: Fallen trees downed power lines in Talparo, Tamana and Mundo Nuevo. Photo provided by Councillor for Longdenville/Talparo, Ryan Rampersad.
Minister of Rural Development and Local Government, Kazim Hosein, is assuring that Disaster Management Units (DMUs) are responding to issues across Trinidad and will remain on high alert.
Both islands experienced severe adverse weather conditions associated with a cluster of thunderstorms overnight.
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) issued a yellow alert which has been updated to remain in effect until 8pm.
The Met Office also advised that the country is likely to experience periods of heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms.
There is also a high chance of flash flooding, localised ponding, landslides/landslips and gusty winds.
Disaster Management reports indicated the following activity associated with the adverse weather system:
- Reports from the Port of Spain City Corporation DMU indicate two fallen trees, downed power lines and a fallen structure
- Reports from the San Fernando City Corporation DMU indicate two blown roofs, five fallen trees, downed power lines and a fallen structure
- Reports from the Diego Martin Regional Corporation DMU indicate 14 blown roofs and 11 fallen trees
- Reports from the San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation DMU indicate seven blown roofs, 10 fallen trees, one downed power line, four landslides and three collapsed houses
- Reports from the Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation DMU indicate 26 blown off roofs, 12 fallen trees, one fallen utility line and one incidence of flooding
- Reports from the Arima Borough Corporation DMU indicate 10 damaged roofs and eight fallen trees
- Reports from the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation DMU indicate 88 blown/damaged roofs, six fallen trees and two incidents of damaged structures
- Reports from the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation DMU indicate 66 blown roofs, 12 fallen trees and one downed power line
- Reports from the Chaguanas Borough Corporation DMU indicate 16 blown roofs and two fallen trees
- Reports from the Mayaro/ Rio Claro Regional Corporation DMU indicate 19 blown roofs and 12 fallen trees
- Reports from the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation DMU indicate seven damaged roofs and 15 fallen trees
- Reports from the Princes Town Regional Corporation DMU indicate 15 blown off roofs and one fallen tree
- Reports from the Siparia Regional Corporation DMU indicate five blown roofs, two fallen trees
- Reports from the Point Fortin Borough Corporation DMU indicate 39 blown off roofs, four fallen trees and four affected power lines
A total of 314 blown or damaged roofs, 102 fallen trees, a few downed or damaged power lines, four landslips and one incident of flooding has been reported.
“Unfortunately, a few areas were rendered impassable,” the release said.
The DMUs are mobilised and have been conducting assessments and rendering aid to burgesses with the assistance of the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service and the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC).
Disaster Management Units have ensured that sandbags are available for distribution, COVID-19 compliant Emergency Shelters are ready to be activated if needed, mitigation tools and relief items are also ready in the event that burgesses are severely impacted.
Citizens are reminded to be prepared, stay updated and contact their respective DMU in the event of disasters.
DMU hotline numbers are as follows:
- 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