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No shutdown, go to work, says Trinidad minister on flooding disaster

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National Security Minister Stuart Young

(NEWSDAY) — Citizens who have not been affected by the weekend floods should go to work today so as to ultimately help those individuals hardest hit by the adverse rainfall, Minister of National Security Stuart Young said yesterday at a briefing at his office. Also at the press conference was Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan.

Young said, “We can’t shut down the whole country at this time. That is our assessment, there are many knock-on effects.” He said hundreds of thousands of citizens have not been harmed by flooding.

However for those individuals going to work today, Young asked them to use “extreme caution” on the roadways and if possible avoid use of secondary roads which often lie at a lower level than major roads and are more prone to flooding.

“Don’t take unnecessary risks,” he implored. “We ask people to just exercise common sense and caution.” Saying a small stretch of the Uriah Butler Highway is flooded, he urged, “Once people follow the law, we’ll get there.”

Young expected at least two “good” lanes of that highway to be usable for dual north and south bound traffic.

Young read out a list of about 20 schools in flood-hit areas, some of which serve as emergency shelters, which he said would stay shut today.

Asked why today is not declared as a school holiday, Young said, “What that does is put pressure on parents to stay home with their children.” Cabinet has mulled many factors to arrive at a balancing exercise, he added.

Having flown over flood-hit Trinidad, Young related seeing the trauma faced by residents, saying, “In Greenvale it was heart-breaking.” He asked people to bond together at times like this regardless of race and religion.

Young lamented criminals stealing residents’ flood-damaged appliances to sell for scrap iron. “I asked the Commissioner of Police to get more officers on the ground.”

Minister Sinanan said if rain fell last night, as was predicted, there could be a challenge at the Uriah Butler Highway today.

 

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7 comments

  1. So my house wasn't affected thank God. but I should still risk my life after God spare it, to go to a none essential job?? Then more rains continue to fall and I get swept away at some road? Nothing wrong with ensuring the safety of the people. In my opinion, they should allow only essential employees like police and hospital staff to report.

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    • You can't risk your life but the doctors and policemen and women have families to smh

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    • Trini Vick Johnson

      The Government of Trinidad is UNREAL, UNJUST, AND FOOLISH TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO GO TO WORK. SO WHY DON'T THEY GO TO WORK HUNGRY BELLY IN THEIR BUCKTAZ, AND LONG BOOTS WALK OR SWIMMING THROUGH THE WATER? WE MUST VOTE OUT THIS GOVERNMENT AND PUT BACK KAMLA GOVERNMENT BACK IN POWER IN THE NEXT UPCOMING ELECTION. THIS GOVERNMENT WANT ALLIGATORS AND SNAKES TO BITE OUT PEOPLE LOLI AND CAKE?

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    • This minister should swim bare batty and hungry belly to wuk. He is crazy to encourage people to go to wuk.

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    • Everyone from Trinidad should swim to Guyana to enjoy a Good life in Guyana

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    • This is when you know for a fact Government has no intelligence on emergency response. If half of the country commute avenues; roadways and highways, inclusive of main thorough fares suffer flooding, then it is obvious the country should shut down until the following Monday. Government is obviously ignorant to do different. It is even more obvious that government should be using this time, unaffected by additional traffic on roadways to easily clear debris and restore order. Are these governors trained in emergency response, or are they just working in fields handed to them by family/friends in power. It IS A TIME FOR family, friends, loved ones, neighborhoods to pool together to start the recovery process. Who can go to work when panties are in bacteria infected water, pants cannot be fount, your mom or relative needs help to clean up a bit. Trinidad government needs to put on the thinking cap and remove the dunce cap!

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    • when government is dummm they just dumbbbb

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