The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago declares the country a "national disaster" because of the rains

The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago declares the country a "national disaster" because of the rains



The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Keith Rowley, today declared the Caribbean country as a "national disaster" due to the heavy rains that have fallen on the territory and have caused thousands of people to be left homeless.

In response, Rowley announced at a press conference that he will address the council of ministers to approve an emergency financial aid of 25 million Trinidadian dollars to assist the affected citizens.

"We will make sure that this money will be distributed effectively and as quickly as possible for the most needy," Rowley said.

According to several videos posted on social networks by some Trinidadians, citizens are seen crawling on the roofs of their homes to avoid being swept away by the floods caused by the rains that have fallen in the Caribbean country for the past four days.

In the same way, citizens are seen using small boats and water motorcycles assisting and rescuing their neighbors.

Some of the most affected areas are the Saint Helena / Kelly and Sangre Grande area.

For his part, Catholic Archbishop Jason Gordon asked the parishioners to donate water and food, in order to distribute it in the parishes for those people who are seeking refuge.

Likewise, the local airline, Caribbean Airlines, informed in a press release today that due to the weather conditions the trips continue interrupted at the international airports Piarco and Arthur NR Robinson.

And while the country faces this situation, an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale was recorded at noon today.

According to the Seismic Investigative Center of the University of the West Indies, the earthquake occurred at 12.35 (16.35 GMT) at a depth of 80 kilometers and 181 kilometers northeast of Port of Spain, capital of Trinidad and Tobago.

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