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Flooding in Trinidad and Tobago an indication of climate change effects

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(JAMAICA OBSERVER) — The government of Jamaica says the recent adverse flooding in Trinidad and Tobago is an indication of the Caribbean’s struggle to combat the adverse effects of climate change.

In a release expressing sadness at the flooding, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, said: “This is yet another example of how the Caribbean is having to grapple with the very real effects of climate change”.

She noted that while there are no reports of loss of life, “we are truly saddened to learn of the number of persons affected by the heavy rains and others trapped in their communities by landslides”.

“We therefore need to not only stand together in the aftermath of disaster, but to continue to work together and advocate in our regional and multilateral spaces, for strong global action and financing. Jamaica will continue to work with its CARICOM colleagues more widely in this regard,” the minister continued.

She further stated that she had been in touch with her counterpart and the Jamaican High Commission in Trinidad and Tobago, and understood that the Trinidadian Government has already commenced recovery and relief efforts and would be working with its Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) as well as Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

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