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314 roofs destroyed, 102 trees uprooted, 4 landslides amid bad weather

Minister of Rural Development and Local Government, Kazim Hosein, assures that Disaster Management Units (DMUs) are responding to issues across Trinidad and will remain on high alert.

Both islands experienced severe adverse weather at night accompanied by a cluster of thunderstorms.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) has issued a yellow warning that has been updated and will 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 probability of flash flooding, localized flooding, landslides/landslides and gusts of wind.

Disaster management reports indicated the following activity associated with the adverse weather system:

  • Reports from the Port of Spain City Corporation DMU point to two fallen trees, downed power lines and a fallen structure
  • Reports from the San Fernando City Corporation DMU point to 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 point to seven blown roofs, 10 fallen trees, one downed power line, four landslides and three collapsed houses
  • Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation DMU reports indicate 26 blown roofs, 12 fallen trees, one collapsed utility 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 point to 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 point to seven damaged roofs and 15 fallen trees
  • Reports from the Princes Town Regional Corporation DMU indicate 15 blown 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 point to 39 blown roofs, four fallen trees and four power lines affected

A total of 314 blown or damaged roofs, 102 fallen trees, a few crashed or damaged power lines, four landslides and one flood incident were reported.

“Unfortunately, a few areas were made impassable,” the release said.

The DMUs have been mobilized and, with the help of the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service and the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC), have conducted assessments and provided assistance to burglars.

Disaster management units have ensured that sandbags are available for distribution, COVID-19-compliant emergency shelters are ready to be activated if necessary, mitigation tools and relief supplies are also ready in the event that burglars are severely affected.

Citizens are reminded to be prepared, stay informed and contact their respective DMU in the event of a disaster.

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)
  • Criminal/Debt Regional Corporation 800 – PDRC (7372)
  • Point Fortin Regional Corporation 800 – PFBC (7322)
  • Princes Town 800 Regional Company – 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 Society 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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