MEDIA RELEASE - Office of the Prime Minister (OPM)
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar SC has been updated on the severe weather conditions in the Eastern Caribbean on Christmas Eve, which resulted in the deaths of eight (8) persons in St Vincent. Another person has been reported missing in Dominica.
|Storm damage in St Vincent|
As Prime Minister with responsibility for security in CARICOM, Mrs Persad-Bissessar says Trinidad and Tobago is ready to assist if assistance is requested from the affected islands of St Vincent, St Lucia, and Dominica.
The T&T PM has learnt that St Vincent Prime Minister, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, is holidaying in Europe, but is expected to return to his country on Thursday.
Eight (8) persons have died from landslide and flooding. Five of these persons were from one family in Rose Bank. They died from a landslide. Another person died in Byera and two others perished in Vermont. Four (4) persons are missing in the Buccament area.
Clean up operations are continuing at the E. T. Joshua Airport and was scheduled to open at 3pm today.
One emergency shelter has been activated at the Buccament Bay Secondary School.
The Building Roads and General Services Authority (BRAGSA) and the Ministry of
Transport and Works, have reported that several bridges and roads were flooded and are continuing their assessments and clean up operations.
Fifty percent of consumers in St Vincent, are without pipe-borne water as heavy rains impacted the network.
Minister of National Security, Gary Griffith, The Office of Management and Disaster Preparedness (OPM), and the National Security Operations Centre (NSOC), will continue to monitor developments and report to the Honourable Prime Minister, who is also chairman of CARICOM.