Trinidad: Anxiety as rains bring more flooding


The Trinidad and Tobago Guardian reports that, as thou­sands of cit­i­zens re­main trapped in their homes by flood wa­ters and shel­ters are fill­ing up with those who had to flee their homes in the past 72 hours, heavy rain­fall has start­ed again, caus­ing flood­ing in oth­er parts of the coun­try and keep­ing lev­els in oth­er ar­eas al­ready af­fect­ed high.

Around 1 pm, rain was re­port­ed in La Hor­quet­ta, one of the hard­est hit ar­eas over the past few days.

Heavy rain­fall was al­so re­port­ed in Freeport, Cou­va, San Fer­nan­do, San­ta Cruz, Diego Mar­tin, Cunu­pia, Pi­ar­co and Princes Town.

The Diego Mar­tin Riv­er was said to have over­flowed its banks a short while ago, caus­ing flood­ing in some ar­eas.

The T&T Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vice (TTMS) says the show­ers will be heavy and thun­dery dur­ing the pe­ri­od.

Ac­cord­ing to the TTMS web­site, high tide was at 2.29 pm and low tide is at 8.29pm. But cit­i­zens can ex­pect an ease in rain­fall on tonight as the TTMS pre­dicts the weath­er will be “most­ly set­tled de­spite the odd overnight show­er.”

The Of­fice of Dis­as­ter Pre­pared­ness and Man­age­ment (OPDM) al­so is­sued a re­lease around 1.30 pm ad­vis­ing cit­i­zens of the pub­lic health fa­cil­i­ties that are open on 24-hour ba­sis over the next few days.

These in­clude: Ari­ma Dis­trict Health Fa­cil­i­ty, Ch­agua­nas Dis­trict Health Fa­cil­i­ty, Cou­va Dis­trict Health Fa­cil­i­ty, Ma­yaro Dis­trict Health Fa­cil­i­ty, Princes Town Dis­trict Health Fa­cil­i­ty, Rio Claro Health Cen­tre, Siparia Dis­trict Health Fa­cil­i­ty, St James Dis­trict Health Fa­cil­i­ty and the To­co Health Cen­tre.

If you need to ac­cess health care dur­ing the day on Sun­day, the fol­low­ing fa­cil­i­ties are open:

  • Arou­ca Health Cen­tre – 8 am to 4 pm
  • Grand Riv­iere Out­reach Cen­tre – 8 am to 5 pm
  • La Hor­quet­ta Health Cen­tre – 8 am to 4 pm
  • San­gre Grande En­hanced Health Fa­cil­i­ty – 8 am to 5 pm
  • San Juan Health Cen­tre – 8 am to 2 pm
  • St James Health Cen­tre – 8 am to 2 pm
  • Va­len­cia Out­reach Cen­tre – 8 am to 5 pm

[Photo above by Rishi Ragoonath: Iman Alimool Rahim distributing food items to residents in Mafeking, Mayaro.]

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