THA officials assess storm damage

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THA officials assess storm damage

THA representatives, led by Chief Secretary, Kelvin Charles, and other officials assessed several villages via a walk-about tour on Monday September 23 following the passage of Tropical Storm Karen.

He was joined by Secretary of the Division of Infrastructure, Quarries and the Environment, Kwesi Des Vignes, Director of the Tobago Emergency Management Agency, Allan Stewart, Project Officer of the National Commission for Self Help Ltd. Kelvon Morris, DIQE Technical Advisor Telshon Mc Wellington and DIQE Senior Technical Coordinator Abdallah Chadband.

The tour was conducted to determine how residents were affected by the storm following reports of landslides, drainage issues, residential damage, and flooding.

Scarborough, Mason Hall, Whim and Roxborough were among the locations visited.

A major part of the assessment was examining the infrastructure, “places were impacted negatively,” according to the Allan Stewart.

“ Taking a first-hand look at the structures, we’ve recognized a few things which we will take into consideration, ensuring that people build back stronger and return to a life of normalcy, “ Stewart said

Charles said the THA would look into providing assistance to fishermen who lost their boats. “I will speak to the Secretary of Food Production and have a team do an assessment to determine the kind of assistance that we can give to those persons,” he said.