Young: No flood-related deaths recorded

There are no re­ports of fa­tal­i­ties as a re­sult of the flood­ing in some parts of Trinidad, Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young has said.

Young made the state­ment dur­ing a press con­fer­ence his min­istry a short while ago, as re­ports of one dead in Greenville, La Hor­quet­ta, be­gan be­ing cir­cu­lat­ed on so­cial me­dia.

A Guardian Me­dia team in Greenville has al­so been told by some res­i­dents there that they too have heard of drown­ing deaths as­so­ci­at­ed with the floods, but na­tion­al se­cu­ri­ty per­son­nel say they have been un­able to con­firm any of these re­ports be­cause ac­cess to some ar­eas is still im­pos­si­ble.

In deny­ing the in­for­ma­tion, Young said such claim and oth­er fake in­for­ma­tion be­ing cir­cu­lat­ed on­line has caused first re­spon­ders to di­vert at­ten­tion from af­fect­ed ar­eas.

Young said Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley and oth­er Cab­i­net mem­bers vis­it­ed af­fect­ed ar­eas this morn­ing.

While in the na­tion­al se­cu­ri­ty he­li­copter, Young said he him­self went to Madras Road to en­sure whether a vi­ral post of a woman and her two daugh­ters be­ing strand­ed was in­deed fac­tu­al.

But he said at­tempts to con­firm this sit­u­a­tion proved un­suc­cess­ful. He said calls to a tele­phone num­ber pro­vid­ed on the post al­so went unan­swered.

Yes­ter­day's flood­ing was as a re­sult of an" un­usu­al amount of rain­fall on very sat­u­rat­ed grounds and rivers with high tide", Young said.

He said emer­gency ser­vices went out last night to ar­eas af­fect­ed such as Aripo, San­gre Grande and St He­le­na. Young said it was the worst flood­ing seen in those ar­eas, with wa­ter reach­ing heights as high as eight feet.

He ad­vised cit­i­zens to stay in their homes and stay off the roads un­less it was an emer­gency.

Source: TT Guardian https://bit.ly/2CWyAXE

Reporter: Joel Julien

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