Disaster Management Units have been activated subsequent to 6.8 magnitude Earthquake.
August 21st, 2018 Kent House, Maraval – The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government has activated all 14 Disaster Management Units following the 6.8 magnitude earthquake which took place at approximately 5:30pm this afternoon.
Presently, reports of structural damage to homes, business places and places of worship as well as power outages have been coming in from the following areas; San Fernando, Princes Town, Port of Spain, Chaguanas, Diego Martin, Sangre Grande and Arima. At this time, there have been no reports of loss of lives.
Minister Haji Kazim Hosein encourages all citizens to utilize the 24hr DMU Hotlines saying, “If your home or business place has been damaged due to the earthquake or you have any information on fallen trees or power outages in your city, borough or region feel free to contact your respective Disaster Management Units. They have been activated to assist in any way that they can.”
In the event of damage to homes, members of the public are kindly advised to contact their respective DMUs as Emergency Shelters have been placed on standby to accommodate such persons.
The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government remains committed to working with all agencies to ensure that citizens receive the assistance needed during this time.
The hotline numbers are as follows:
Diego Martin Regional Corporation
San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation
Arima Borough Corporation
Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation
Port-of-Spain City Corporation
Sangre Grande Regional Corporation
Chaguanas Borough Corporation
Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation
Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Corporation
Princes Town Regional Corporation
Point Fortin Borough Corporation
San Fernando City Corporation
Penal/Debe Regional Corporation
Siparia Regional Corporation