Although the country received some of the heaviest rains so far for this year’s rainy season over the past few days, CEO of the Office for Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) Cpt Neville Wint said there were minimum reports of flooding during these showers.
However, he confirms they have received reports of flooding in Arima, Tunapuna, Siparia and parts of Chaguanas.
Speaking on CNC3’s The Morning Brew, Wint noted that “those waters quickly subsided and the respective regional corporations responded to the needs of the Burgesses (sic) that were impacted.”
The ODPM CEO also noted there were landslides reported on the Toco Main Road, The Caura road and the North Coast road which “were all responded to jointly by the respective municipal corporations and the Ministry of Works and Transport and those roads are now clear.”
Wint said their initial response to the floods have concluded, however, there is still work to be done.
“There are still efforts that the respective corporations still have to pursue as it related to impact assessment and assistance to those burgesses (sic) that were impacted.”
He reminded citizens that “The impact we are having right now is a consequence of tropical rain, our habits of littering which is clogging drains and contributing to flooding, there are some infrastructure and maintenance issues which are being addressed.”
He assured that some regional corporations are taking necessary steps to clean the water ways.
Municipal corporations play a key role in responding to and even preventing instances of flooding. However, in light of the recent floods, Siparia Regional Corporation chairman Glenn Ramadharsingh said his corporation had no money for flood relief having received on one twelfth og its financial allocation from central government because of untimely releases from the Ministry of Finance.
Wint acknowledged the troubling financial situation in the country but said he would leave any discussions on that matter to the relevant authorities. He however admitted that this made thier jobs more challenging as a coordinating agency.
Reporter: Rishard Khan