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Villager in walk today to highlight Matelot’s plight
Published: 
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Motorists drive along the flooded Toco Main Road, Matura, yesterday as a persistent rain fell across the country. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR

Expect more rain today and be on the lookout for flash flooding in flood-prone areas, according to the Met Office. Inclement weather was experienced over Trinidad and Tobago for most of yesterday and according to Shakeer Baig, chief meteorologist at the T&T Meteorological Office (Met Office), the weather was as a result of the passage of a low-level trough and a moisture surge.

 

 

In a telephone interview with the T&T Guardian yesterday, Baig said Trinidad had experienced more rainfall than Tobago and cited areas in Trinidad that the Water Resources Agency had listed as having experienced higher rainfall levels They were Sangre Grande 16.6 ml, Moruga 23.8 ml, St Ann’s 29.8 ml, Piarco International Airport 30 ml and North Oropouche 76 mm. “Rainfall will continue into tonight with varying intensity and the cloudiness will continue into tomorrow,” he said when asked what citizens should look out for today.

 

He warned that the quantity of rainfall experienced could lead to localised street and flash flooding in some areas. He also cautioned that the amount of rainfall and already saturated soil could result in rivers of moderate carrying capacity becoming overwhelmed. He called for all citizens to remain alert. “We advise all citizens to be vigilant and cautious as they conduct their activities and to continue to pay attention to the media reports and other info emanating from the Met Office,” he added.

 

Chairman of the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation Martin Terry Rondon said the rains also led to a landslide along the Paria Main Road, blocking off residents of Grand Riviere and Matelot along the northeast coast. He said that today, a 39-year-old villager, John Lewis, would be walking from the site of the landslide in Matelot to the Office of the Prime Minister, St Clair, to draw attention to the plight of the village. 

 

Contacted for a response, CEO of Office of the Disaster Preparedness and Management Dr Stephen Ramroop said the ODPM had not been informed of any disaster situation in the area. He said: “If a road is impassable, that is an event that must be dealt with by the local government authority, in association with the Ministry of Works. The first responsibility is to engage the Ministry of Works and their own corporation to clear the road and make it passable for their own citizens. 

 

“If persons are stranded and people can’t get to them and the ministries can’t deal with it, they would have to call the Fire Services. “If fire can’t deal with it, they would call ODPM, and ODPM would get the military to come and assist. “We are managers. We manage disaster risk,” he added.

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