Pierre-Louis said the United States and Venezuela had also pledged to provide military-style, pontoon bridges to replace those destroyed by floods. But the distribution of aid will need to be swift. The official death toll from the four storms in Haiti is 328. But police sources and local authorities say as many as 700 people died, including at least 495 killed by Hanna in Gonaives.
6- Trinidad & Tobago - Cleaning up after the flood
09- 09 -08
THE Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management, in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Agency in Tobago, have been working hand in hand with the regional corporations in an islandwide clean-up of mud and debris left behind by torrential rainfall over the weekend.
Several parts of Trinidad and Tobago were submerged under flood waters, vehicles were rendered useless after being caught in flash floods and six people had to be rescued from the threatening waters. Director of the ODPM Paul Saunders yesterday said clean-up efforts continued from Sunday night into yesterday as regional corporations assisted residents in power washing their homes from silt and mud. In areas in south and central Trinidad, still recovering from the soaking experienced less than two weeks ago, residents had to go through the entire, pitiful routine once again. He said the Works Ministry was also involved in clearing a major landslide in the Maraval area. Saunders said in Trinidad, 24 roofs were blown away in the Tabaquite/Talparo region, but there had been no reports of injuries or deaths. However, sister isle Tobago was not as fortunate as a 27-month-old girl washed away in flood waters in Rockly Vale. Her tiny body was found Sunday night. Tobago came to a virtual standstill on Sunday as several roads were deemed impassable due to widespread flooding and numerous landslips. A report from NEMA, yesterday, stated that response agencies were out on the ground to return the island to some sort of normalcy in the shortest possible time. The agency advised residents to remain vigilant and to exercise the necessary precautions since thundershower activity was expected to continue. NEMA reported that on the sister isle, there were 13 landlsides, three fallen trees, 20 flooded streets, two fallen power lines and two road blockages.