Trinidad PM seeks cabinet approval for TT$25 in flood relief

Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley is to seek Cabinet’s approval of an initial TT$25m to assist with flood relief.

This after massive flooding caused by days of heavy rainfall, left thousands marooned and prompted the Prime Minister to declare a national disaster.

Dr. Rowley said he will approach cabinet for the approval of relief funds to assist persons who may require assistance from the treasury.

He said they will ensure that the 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.

Prime Minister Rowley added that the Defence Force have been using small boats to get to residents stranded in their homes.

There have been no reports of fatalities resulting from the floods.

He said all corporations are on standby and continue assisting affected areas.

One such organization is RBC Royal Bank which announced a $300,000 donation to the Red Cross Monday.

The funds will be used to support relief efforts following the devastating floods that have affected the country.

“Helping our clients thrive and communities prosper is at the core of everything we do at RBC and helping those who have been impacted by this weekend’s floods is a natural extension of that commitment,” That is why we are happy to make this donation to the Red Cross,” said Gretchen Camacho-Mohammed, Managing Director, Trinidad and Tobago, RBC.

For individuals looking to help, donations to the Red Cross of Trinidad and Tobago can be made at any RBC branch.