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Better be ready
Are you ready for aflood?
Source: The T&T Red Cross Society
Contact the Red Cross: Headquarters - 627-8215/8128, Northern branch - 627-8214, Southern branch - 652-2024, Tobago branch - 639-2781
Floods are the leading cause of
disaster-related death in the
Caribbean, but since most can be
forecast, you should have time to
prepare. Your Red Cross urges you
to get ready. There are simple
steps you can take to help protect
your family from a flood.
Know your area's flood risk. If
unsure, call your Red Cross or
Emergency Management Agency.
If you are in a risk area, investigate
the feasibility of flood insurance.
Know the location of the main elec-
trical breaker and the gas and water
valves in your home and ensure you
have a clear path to easily access
them so that you can shut them off
When a Flood
Warning is issued:
Monitor the radio for weather
updates and evacuate immediately if
you are told to do so.
Move your furniture and valuables to
higher floors of your home or place
them high if possible.
Bring in all loose items from outside,
like garbage cans and yard furniture
for safe keeping.
Turn off the main electrical switch
and other utilities.
Place important documents and
valuables in plastic and store them
in a safe place.
Flood water dangers:
Do not walk through flowing water.
Just six inches of moving water can
knock you off your feet.
Never attempt to cross a swollen
stream, river or gully by foot or
vehicle. The force of these water-
ways can have deadly consequences.
If your vehicle stalls in rising water,
abandon it immediately and climb to
higher ground. A mere two feet of
water can float a large vehicle, even
After a flood:
Clean and dry everything water-
soaked. Flood waters can pick up
sewerage and chemicals from roads,
farms and factories. Spoiled food
and flooded medicines are health
hazards. When in doubt, throw them
Check appliances and motors for
damage and do not use them until
they have been cleaned and dried.
Watch out for wild animals. Snakes
and centipedes that have been
flooded out of their homes may seek
shelter in yours. Use a pole or a
stick to poke and turn items over
and scare them away.
If your home was seriously affected
by the floods and you suspect your
electrical wiring may have been
damaged, have it checked by a quali-
fied person before turning on the
main electrical switch.
Punch holes in all containers left
outside to prevent water from set-
tling and these from becoming
breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Purify water before using. Use chlo-
rine bleach or water purifying
tablets. Boil tap water for ten min-
T&T Red Cross Society
Director of Public Prosecu-
tions Roger Gaspard said yes-
terday a decision in the criminal
investigation against Fyzabad
MP Chandresh Sharma was
Sharma has been at the centre
of an assault probe by the police
after complaints were made by
his one-time companion, busi-
nesswoman Sacha Singh.
In a telephone interview, Gas-
pard was asked about the situ-
ation following certain social
media claims in circulation last
Sunday that "the DPP s office"
had indicated Sharma "has no
case to answer" regarding the
The social media reports also
noted rumours Sharma and
Singh were "on-again, off-again
lovebirds" and were now "back
Yesterday Gaspard said no
decision was yet made but he
added that one would be made
on the matter "very, very soon."
Several months ago, Singh,
managing director of AMS
Biotech Security Concepts, of
Piarco Plaza, had filed a com-
plaint with St Joseph police
alleging Sharma hit her while
they were seated in a car at
Grand Bazaar, Valsayn, on March
12.The incident was witnessed
by schoolteacher Geeta Maharaj,
who was also in the car with a
Sharma resigned as Tourism
Minister when the issue came
to light and since then has occu-
pied a back bench seat in Par-
Singh had said a woman and a
child were in the back seat of her
car and Singh had asked Sharma
about maintaining the child.
She claimed the woman and Shar-
ma subsequently argued and there
was a scuffle during which Sharma
urged the woman to stop hitting a
"Brahmin boy". Singh claimed she
was subsequently hit and pushed
when she held on to Sharma s tie.
She gave a statement to police on
it as did the child s mother and Shar-
ma. Singh said then she was pressing
Yesterday Singh said she had no
intention of dropping the charges
and dismissed what she termed
"dirty tricks" being perpetrated
against her on Facebook and other
social media sites insinuating that
she and Sharma were back together.
She said: "That is definitely
untrue. I do not see him. One ami-
cable conversation we had, which
had nothing to do with any appeals,
does not constitute a reconciliation.
"I have spoken to my lawyer today
about the rumour-mongering on
social media that is going on and
they have also spoken to the DPP
on the status of the issue before him.
They have learnt investigations are
"My legal advice is that people
may be spreading false rumours that
Sharma and I are back together again
to perpetuate the view that there is
no case and I have dropped the mat-
"But I haven t dropped anything.
People have also been asking me if
he and I were in Miami last week.
I was in Miami but not with him. I
want to make that clear."
Singh said the altercation occurred
after the mother of the child in the
car with her had come to her appeal-
ing for help since it seemed she was
in good standing with Sharma.
She said the child involved in that
particular issue was 12 years old.
"The DPP has sufficient evidence
from me. Why would I subject myself
to public scrutiny if the situation
wasn t true. However, I await word,
and no, I am never going back."
Contacted yesterday Sharma said
he was in a meeting.
DPP: Decision soon in Sharma assault case
Debate on the Indictable offences
bill continues in the Senate today.
It began July 2009, and is part of a
number of bills brought by the Gov-
ernment designed to strengthen the
criminal justice system.
Also scheduled for continuation of
debate is the government s new Plan-
ning Bill which seeks to make com-
prehensive changes and modernise
planning legislation now in force.
The bill involves issues including
building codes, environmental aspects
and other matters pertaining to plan-
ning and seeking to balance develop-
ment with environmental protection
and other affiliated matters.
Also listed on the agenda are ques-
tions concerning the status of Atrius
and the transfer of assets from Clico
to this unit, and matters concerning
the Vehicle Maintenance Company
CEO s contract.
Other questions concerned medical
indemnity for doctors, nurses and other
categories of health care professionals
employed by the Regional Health
Crime bill back in Senate
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