by Gail Alexander (Trinidad Guardian) The Government yesterday agreed to make available 50 million for flood relief to farmers and citizens affected by the recent flooding disasters, plus 100 million for landslide and road reinstatement work.
Among the funding, the Government has allocated an immediate $40 million to the National Flood Relief Programme.
This was announced by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) following Thursday’s Cabinet meeting.
Residents in areas across T&T – from North to South – were affected by rains which began last Friday and continued into Monday. Water receded, but El Socorro, Bamboo and Manzanilla were said to still be affected up to yesterday.
The Government had closely monitored the weather situation as it descended on T&T last weekend, warning of arriving aspects and effects.
The OPM had stated that all arms and agencies of the State were fully mobilised and on alert under Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s instruction and under the monitoring guidance of a ministerial team involving Local Government, Works and National Security.