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T&T | Flooded Trinidad rocked by 1.5 magnitude earthquake

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PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, October 21, 2018 - As rescue teams in Trinidad and Tobago continue their work to rescue people trapped by floods and landslides caused by heavy rains here over the past 48 hours, sections of  the twin island state were this afternoon again rocked by a magnitude 5.1 earthquake.

earthquake trinidadThe Seismic Research Centre at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine campus reports that the tremor was felt at 12:35pm (local time) had a depth of 80 kilometres and was located at Latitude: 11.51N and Longitude: 60.12W.

In the twin island republic it was felt 78 km NE of Scarborough, 161 km NE of Arima and 181 km NE of Port of Spain. There have been no reports of injuries or damages.

On saturday, a 4.2 magnitude quake occurred about 4:41 p.m. and was reported to have been felt in Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Yet another quake,  measuring 4.1, occurred on Friday, Oct. 19 at 1:53 a.m. and rocked Martinique, Dominica and Saint Lucia. There were no reports of injuries.

In the meantime, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has declared that the flooding nightmare that has left thousands marooned is a “national disaster”.

Prime Minister  Rowley says he will approach Cabinet for funds to help with flood relief.

Speaking during a joint media conference on Saturday, Rowley said “I would speak ahead of the Cabinet here and indicate that I would ask Cabinet to approve and authorize TT$25 million initially to assist persons who may require assistance from the treasury. We will ensure that this money is well spent and is spent as quickly as possible on those persons who have been affected.”

“This is a national disaster, the flooding is quite widespread and quite severe and it is going to cost a lot of money to bring relief to people who have been affected. Notwithstanding whatever shortages we are experiencing we will have to find the resources to help,” Rowley said after touring some of the affected areas.

According to the Prime Minister, the Defence Force, especially the Coast Guard and Fire Service have been using small boats going streets to reach residents stranded in their homes.

“The situation is bad in the St Helena/Kelly area as these communities are still experiencing very high levels of water and the roads cannot be used by vehicular traffic.

“Rescue operations continue with the Coast Guard utilizing boats to reach stranded persons. I want to assure persons that the Government is doing all that it can to, in the first instance, rescue trapped persons and then to ensure that they have the resources they need when they get to the shelters.

Meanwhile, there are no re­ports of fa­tal­i­ties as a re­sult of the floods in sections of the twin island republic. this is the word from National Security Minister Stu­art Young made the state­ment in reference to information being circulated on so­cial me­dia during the press conference on Saturday,

He told reporters that fake in­for­ma­tion be­ing cir­cu­lat­ed on­line has caused first re­spon­ders to di­vert at­ten­tion from af­fect­ed ar­eas.

Young has also mobilised the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) to conduct an aerial reconnaissance .

Throughout Friday night into Saturday morning,  affected people from the elderly to young children were forced to climb to their roofs for safety. Initially, various parts of the country were totally impassable, such as Caroni, St Helena, Kelly Village, Las Lomas as well as La Horquetta where an entire community was under threat.

Meanwhile, there will be no let-up yet in the unusual weather conditions which brought chaos and destruction over the past few days. The Meteorological Service is warning the country to brace for more rain and flooding until 6 pm on Tuesday.

While widespread flooding has so far been confined largely to the eastern and central regions of Trinidad, the Met Office is warning residents in areas not yet affected to plan an emergency response to safeguard their lives and properties.

The intense rain over the past three days has already caused the suspension of air and land travel. Roads, including the Uriah Butler Highway, have been cut off, communities isolated and homes evacuated. Householders are trying to assess the damage to their properties and infrastructure.

However, the Met Office said it is not yet over. It has revised its previous advisory, which said the bad weather would last until today. The adverse weather alert is at orange level and the riverine flood alert at red until October 26.

Last modified onSunday, 21 October 2018 22:43

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