Government allocates $2 million for flood relief

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 10:30

Two million dollars have been allocated by Government to assist corporations affected by recent flooding.

In a statement issued by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley today, the Penal / Debe Regional Corporation will receive $1 million, while Mayaro and the Barrackpore community will each receive half a million dollars.

The statement added that while assessments on the extent of damage caused by the flooding were ongoing, Government recognized the need to make funds available to provide humanitarian aid.

The funds are to be used mainly for the purchase of food, cleaning supplies, and other basic items.

The full text of the Prime Minister’s Statement, follows…


Even as we are still awaiting the assessment of the damage caused by extensive flooding and the waters have not yet receded completely the Government recognizes the need for additional resources to be made available to the affected Corporations to enable them to provide additional immediate humanitarian assistance.

In furtherance of this objective for the coming few days Cabinet has authorized the Minister of Rural Development and Local Government, Senator the Hon. Kazim Hosein to make $2 million available for this purpose.

From this immediate humanitarian assistance Penal/ Debe gets $1 million whilst Mayaro gets .5 million dollars and another .5 million dollars goes to the Barrackpore community. This money is mainly for food, cleaning materials and other basic needs in the short term.