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If an earthquake---similar in magnitude to
the one which hit Haiti in 2010---strikes T&T,
the area of land in Port-of-Spain from the
lighthouse to Movie Towne and west of
Wrightson Road will sink; water pipelines
will rupture; sewage will spill into the sea;
and a tsunami will follow half-hour later,
washing away anything in its path.
Dr Stephen Ramroop, chief executive officer
of the Office for Disaster Preparedness and
Management (ODPM), painted the grim picture
at a demonstration exercise of the Trunz Water
System at William s Bay, Chaguaramas, organ-
ised by Powertrin and the Chaguaramas Devel-
opment Authority (CDA).
The system, designed in Switzerland,
converts unclean water into drinking water
and is solar powered.
Describing the impact of the disaster on
basic services, Ramroop said, "All your water
machines will be removed, your capacity to
give water will be gone."
Emphasising the importance of treated water
to a society, he said hospitals, industries and
pharmaceutical companies required a constant,
large supply of water.
During the nationwide blackout on Good
Friday, some hospitals did not have pipe-borne
water, Ramroop said.
"Certain hospitals did not have a memo-
randum of understanding with WASA to bring
truck-borne water. In a hospital, within two
days of a disaster, tank water will be depleted,"
He said a lack of clean water could force
people to consume contaminated water, result-
ing in the spread of diseases such as cholera.
Currently, none of the regional corporations
or relevant agencies has a water plan to mitigate
the effects of a major water shortage, he added.
In the last two years, Ramroop said, the
ODPM has been working with the relevant
agencies to draft a national water policy, which
would make it incumbent on these agencies
to develop a plan.
"One of the key elements of the national
water policy is that each authority has to do
a risk analysis of its water resources."
Saying that the ODPM is a few days away
from finalising the policy, he said it will ensure
that in the event that there is a major water
shortage, water would be provided in the least
time through the collaboration of various agen-
ODPM head calls for national water policy
A 22-year-old D Abadie man remains warded in
hospital after he was wounded in a shooting near
his home on Tuesday night.
According to reports, around 9.40 pm Dane Ajari,
of Paul Mitchell Road, Mausica, D Abadie, was walking
near his home when a gunman attacked him.
Police said the man shot Ajari several times in the
abdomen and legs. The gunman then ran away
through a track.
Ajari s father took him to the Arima Health Facility
where he was stabilised. He was transfered to the
Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mt Hope
where he remained warded up to late yesterday. Ajari
was listed in a serious but stable condition.
Meanwhile, a off duty Special Reserve Police inspec-
tor narrowly escaped a shooting at an Arima bar on
Investigators said around 9 pm, Insp Ragoonanan,
of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), was liming
with friends outside a bar on O Meara Road in Arima
when the group was approached by a gunman.
Police said the man pointed the gun in Ragoo-
nanan s direction and fired several shots which all
missed. Ragoonanan was unarmed.
The gunman then ran away. Police were contacted
and a party of officers searched nearby communities
for the suspect but were unsuccessful.
Investigators had not established motives for both
shootings up to late yesterday.
Detectives of the Arima CID are investigating the
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