The Association of Trinidad and Tobago Insurance Companies is advising the population to take precautionary measures during the 2020 Hurricane and rainy season.
It says the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Office has forecast six named storms for the 2020 Hurricane Season (which runs from June 1st – November 30th).
In a media release, ATTIC said the MET Office indicates it expects two to become hurricanes within our region, with a wind scale between Category 1 and 3.
ATTIC said Trinidad and Tobago is also expected to experience an above normal rainy season with an elevated risk for flooding.
It said over the past two years, the country experienced severe flooding resulting in millions of dollars in property and crop losses.
Although the authorities have implemented annual programmes for desilting of major watercourses to provide temporary relief of flooding in high risk areas, the association is of the opinion that more comprehensive solutions to alleviate the risk of flooding are needed.
It said these solutions should address the direct impact of inadequate or ineffectual flood containment infrastructure, human activity, and the non-enforcement of planning rules.