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Dozens of passenger trav-
elling between T&T were left
stranded as sailings of the In-
ter-Island ferry and domestic
flights were cancelled yester-
day due to the tropical storm
Caribbean Airlines (CAL) and the
Port Authority announced the tem-
porary closure of their services over
12 hours after warning was issued
by T&T Meteorological Service on
When a news team visited the de-
parture terminal at Piarco Interna-
tional Airport, dozens of passengers
were overheard making alternative
arrangement to stay in Trinidad for
the night as airline staff announced
that flights were expected to resume
"I have work in the morning but
I guess we don't have a choice but
to sleep here tonight," one woman,
who came to Trinidad with mem-
her church for a weekend treat
Another family from Buccoo,
Tobago, said that they were ini-
tially booked to travel on the ferry
but decided to try for a flight after
they were informed at the ferry was
cancelled earlier that morning.
"We really did not know what
to do because we have no where to
stay," one member of the family said
as they began to construct a make-
shift bed with their suitcases.
Several travellers also questioned
if Caribbean Airlines would be in-
creasing flights today to accommo-
date all the displaced passengers
as the inter-island air-bridge was
already oversubscribed on public
Several people interviewed as
they arrived on the last flight for
the day from Tobago said that fel-
low passengers were experiencing
similar frustration at the Arthur NR
Robinson Airport. The last flight left
Tobago at 1.15 pm, leaving scores of
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Candles and drinking water
were almost sold out in sev-
eral supermarkets yesterday
throughout T&T as hundreds
of consumers flocked to get
last-minute supplies in light of
the approaching tropical storm.
While many shoppers said they
weren't panic buying, they admit-
ted that they simply "have to stock
up on water, candles and canned
Speaking with the T&T Guardian
yesterday, one of the supervisors
at Massy Stores, Mid Centre Mall,
Chaguanas, Sharmaine James, said
that the doors were opened at 7 am
and since then there have been a
constant flow of shoppers.
"I suspect that that it will be that
way until the supermarket closes
at 5 pm. The lines are longer than
normal and what I am seeing pass-
ing through the counters in great
numbers are candles and bottles
and cases of water," James said.
"The shelves are almost empty,"
An employee at Tru Valu su-
permarket at Trincity Mall said
by 2 pm all candles were sold out.
"Shoppers are out in extraordinary
numbers. There are long lines with
people mainly buying candles and
This was also the case at Super
Quality and Price Club supermar-
ket in Chaguanas.
Shopper Shernel Romain of Ed-
inburgh 500, in Chaguanas, said he
was at Massy Stores "to pick up
"While I am not panic buying we
all have to be concerned. People say
God is a Trini but we cannot take
that for granted. I am from a fam-
ily of six and I will be getting some
candles and water," Romain said.
Nicole Johnson, of Endeavour,
Chaguanas she was there to get
her candles and water supplies.
"The warning is serious yes but I
will just pick up some candles and
water just in case."
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CAMILLE CLARKE AND
Borough Corporations through-
out T&T are ready and are active-
ly operational for any eventuality
arising out of the impending trop-
ical storm damage.
Port-of-Spain Mayor Joel Martinez
said the city corporation workers were
up until late last night preparing for the
tropical storm system.
Martinez was speaking yesterday at a
press conference at the Port-of-Spain
City Corporation in Port-of-Spain.
"We are getting ready at city corpo-
ration to take care of this impending
tropical storm," he said.
He said the disaster management
unit, councillors and members of the
public health committee were preparing
for any emergency situations.
"We are asking the citizens of Port-
of-Spain and environs to be aware of
the tropical storm and we are assisting
the burgesses with sand bags and taking
note of areas that could be affected by
this heavy rain storm."
Martinez said the city corporation
police would be patrolling areas to as-
sist those in need.
"The corporation vehicles are on
standby with backhoes and trucks and
the corporation workers are on standby.
We are waiting for any calls. There are
20 shelters and three were community
centres with managers at all the shelters
available to receive anyone in distress,"
Martinez said the corporation would
be looking at various areas to assist cit-
izens who are in distress.
"If anyone is in distress and would
like assistance, they should not hesitate
to call. We could only hope and pray
and we are a lucky country. We could
never be too sure, let us prepare," he
Councillor and public health officer
June Durham said sandbags are given
out in areas of lower Woodbrook and
"I started giving out sandbags and
we will be going out later to make sure
everyone has sand. We made sure every-
one has water and we have tarpaulin,"
Durham said if there citizens were
affected by flood waters they should
get to higher ground. She also urged
citizens to have fresh drinking water
and stock up on food.
Alderman Wade Coker said citizens
should watch their children as they like
to play in rain and water.
At the Chaguanas Borough Corpora-
tion, an emergency meeting was held
yesterday headed by Acting Commis-
sioner of Police (CoP) for Central Divi-
sion, Surajdeen Persad, and including
Senior Superintendent Kenny Mc In-
tyre, Inspector Chunilal Bedassie and
Inspector Gibbs of the Central Division
The Operational Response Plan was
headed by Chaguanas Mayor Gopaul
Boodhan, and was attended by Depu-
ty Mayor Faaiq Mohammed, Council-
lor Ronald Heera, Councillor Vandana
Mohit, Councillor Andell Paramsook,
Councillor Debideen Manick and Alder-
man Marisa Ramlogan and partnering
stakeholders, inclusive of REACT, Po-
lice, Fire Services, and Disaster Man-
Citizens were also urged to exercise
caution and be vigilant in case of flash
flooding or any other adverse effects
of the inclement weather pattern at
Meanwhile, the Arima Mayor Lisa
Morris-Julian and the Arima Borough
Council advised that they are cor-
rectly collaborating with the Disaster
Management Unit to ensure that the
Borough is prepared for the upcoming
The Arima council has confirmed that
all shelters have been examined and are
secure for the possible relocation of the
burgesses. It also points out that the
borough's main water courses have been
inspected and the water within them is
"The burgesses have heeded the
warnings and have been actively prepar-
ing by purchasing emergency supplies
and securing their premises. The mayor
and council are encouraging burgess-
es to remain calm but vigilant as the
tropical storm warning is in effect,"
A shopper stocks up on matches at Tru Valu's Trincity branch, yesterday. PHOTO: ANISTO ALVES
at airport, sea port
run out of stock
Corporations on red alert
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