PM Skerrit expresses solidarity with flood-stricken T&T; says it highlights climate change

Residents take refuge from rising flood waters in T&T

Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has expressed Dominica’s solidarity with the government and people of Trinidad and Tobago following massive flooding saying it highlights the issue of climate change.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has declared a national disaster after more than three days of flooding, landslides, and an earthquake.

In the wake of the disaster, Skerrit said the people of Dominica stand with the people of the twin-island republic.

“I wish on the behalf of the people and government of Dominica extend my solidarity to the Prime Minister, government and people of Trinidad and Tobago who have been enduring several days of massive flooding, flooding of unprecedented proportions,” he stated.

He said he has been in touch with Dr. Rowley to get a sense of what is going on and Dominica is there to support and provide whatever assistance it can provide.

The Prime Minister said the flooding highlights the matter of climate change, which has become a rallying cry for his government following the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria last year.

“This flooding brings to home the whole issue that we have been speaking about in this world for several decades, the issue of climate change,” he noted. “Not only is Trinidad and Tobago exposed to this, in Europe, in Asia there is massive flooding taking place, but we really feel for our brothers and sisters in Trinidad and Tobago.”

He said Dominica will continue to pray for Trinidad and Tobago that the rain will stop and the situation is brought under control so that residents can go about their normal lives.

“It’s a real concern,” the Prime Minister said.

On his Facebook page, Dr. Rowley wrote, “This is a national disaster, the flooding is quite widespread and quite severe and it is going to cost a lot of money to bring relief to people who have been affected. Notwithstanding whatever shortages we are experiencing we will have to find the resources to help.”

There were reports of looting in the Sangre Grande area following the flooding but the police were clamping down in the area.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) said the country was affected by an active Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) over the past several days.

The ITCZ is a belt of low pressure which circles the Earth generally near the equator where the trade winds of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres come together. It is characterized by convective activity which generates often vigorous thunderstorms over large areas. It is most active over continental land masses by day and relatively less active over the oceans.

The government estimates that 3,500 house­holds and be­tween 100,000 and 120,000 per­sons were af­fect­ed by the flooding.

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19 Comments

  1. LENOX HILL HOSPITAL
    October 24, 2018

    Hurricane David what was that.doctor please go read your bible.for the time will come for beast and man to know.but skirroo your head is all about rain fall.go fix the dam place your people are just going all over the place looking for work..St Kitts monstrrate even haiti.think about that and let rain fall it’s Good work

  2. Don2Fresh
    October 24, 2018

    The leaders throughout the world need to recognize that Climate change/ Global Warming is real. I’ve heard about the effects of global warming as a child growing up and how it is facilitated by the action of human beings now we are facing it. I remember a year ago coming from a little hiding hole and seeing complete disaster all around me; tears and heartbreak and a year later, we are not 100 percent back from it nor do I expect us to be but here we are still pushing and trying to make a change in this phenomena.
    My heart is with you my CARICOM siblings. It hurts with you. But it smiles knowing that the Caribbean is resilient and it will be better tomorrow.

  3. October 24, 2018

    “This flooding brings to home the whole issue that we have been speaking about in this world for several decades, the issue of climate change,” he noted–News article

    Prime Minister Sir, you have said it yourself: That “climate change” is an issue that is being spoken about for decades. Do you know what that means? It means that mankind has no control against it; it is God’s Work for all sorts of reasons

    The only change that man can control for his survival is his change of mind–the mind of man must undergo a “spiritual revolution” if .he is going to see the manifestation of Love and Goodness before him. The effects of “climate change” are the signs which he needs to come to terms with that reality. To think that he can control those effects is like searching for a needle in a haystack.

    Read 2nd. Chronicles 7: 14
    Hosea 6: 1-11
    and Revelation 6: 12 -17

    Our answers to the effects of “climate change” lies in those 3 sets of God’s Word

  4. anonymous2
    October 23, 2018

    Skerritt call it what it is …..weather weaponization. But then again, you do as you are told by the controllers. They already dished some out to DA, but I doubt that you were on island at the time. They aren’t finished by a long shot.

  5. Man bites dogs
    October 23, 2018

    @ DNO What I’m going to say is I will never have any respect to any so-called workers supporters on this forum, Because most of them are ……. sets of ….. just alike their leaders ever to walk this planet, And you Dno is encouraging it. While you having a go at us Labour supporters as if you trying to keep us in line, well I’m what I’m and don’t mix my words with anyone who don’t like it tough.

    ADMIN: Those “sets” you are referring to are also subject to the rules of this forum and make similar complaints when their comments are not posted. We often publish these complaints which is evidence that we are making the effort to maintain an even hand. We encourage an open forum but all must abide by the set guidelines – even you.

    • Ibo France
      October 24, 2018

      DNO, this guy has a super sensitive ego. He attacks people who he perceives to be supporters of the opposition parties with the most unflattering words inside and outside the dictionary. He has never put forth any critical or enlightening piece of information. He should be the last person to complain for he is solely responsible for attracting negative attention onto himself. From time to time negative things have been said about me on this forum but they don’t bother me. It runs off like water on a duck’s back. What people think about me is none of my business since I cannot control what they think. If you know you live in a glass house don’t throw stones. You throw shades at people you are sure to get shades thrown back at you. Stop the babyish crying for you are most deserving of people’s ire.

      • Man bites dogs
        October 24, 2018

        @ Ibo, Stop crying what do you want a bloody George cross medal ?

  6. Wrong is wrong
    October 23, 2018

    @ Melissa I agree with you. While I sympathize and empathize with the lovely people of T&T, I fully agree with you that those three lawyers aligned themselves with Skerrit, to hurt God fearing people, the curse or virus of Skerrit’ followed them and amazingly according to you, the court date for Skerrit’evils was September 21 and exactly one month later, T&T flooded. Boy is Skerrit curse the people of T&T should send back those three lawyers right back to Dominica, to meet Skerrit

  7. NatureBoy
    October 23, 2018

    Such response is always expected. It never disappoints.

  8. Channel 1
    October 23, 2018

    Way papa, all you look pseudo-‘doctor’ Skerrit turn climate change scientist. Now all rain that fall and thunder dat roll is because of climate change – yup de so-called ‘climate change’.

    Can somebody PLEASE point out to me when since time immemorial was the earth’s climate ever static & unchanging?

    …. Because it appears to me based on the utterances of dat wannabe ‘doctor’ Skerrit & the other climate change propagandists, that the climate only started to change some time ago when human activities triggered the change.

    • October 24, 2018

      @Channel 1 October 23, 2018

      I cannot even believe myself, but this time I have to agree with you about this “climate change saga” I just cannot accept that “mankind” can control that kind of “cosmic disturbance” as it seems in my mind. It is just too bad that he thinks he can. Lord please look upon us and show us Your mercy!

  9. October 23, 2018

    The cycles of climate change have always been with us. But a more recent change is the reclamation of land and the scale of our built environment.

    Development that is insensitive to nature’s own safeguards can be a significant factor. The flooding a few years ago of Road Town, Tortola is a case in point.

  10. jamie
    October 23, 2018

    Climate change yes,but these islands are filled with corruption,murders,abuse of children,and the floodings and earthquakes are the Almighty punishment to everyone,Dominica is also included in this category Skerrit.

  11. %
    October 23, 2018

    Skerrit DOMINICA’S problem is more bad governance by you and your MISLEADERS than
    climate change .Who are you trying to lead astray? Dominica has retrogressed in an unprecedented way, since you have been it’s leader .
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

    • Me One
      October 23, 2018

      % get a life and a paying 💰 job. Please get back on your medication. Topic, Flood stricken Trinidad 🇹🇹 and Tobago 🇹🇹, it’s not about yourself or your political biases. My sincere condolences to the victims of this flooding. As the leader of the opposition I would say I am keeping you in prayers, instead you are bashing Skerrit! % a clown has more common sense than you.

    • Expat
      October 23, 2018

      This man Skerrit must be keeping you guys up at night consequently preventing your spouses or significant others from having their needs satisfied.

    • NatureBoy
      October 23, 2018

      Such response is always expected. It never disappoints.

  12. Melissa's Vission
    October 23, 2018

    Melissa and her husband came up with their so called vision of Maria and drew the picture of Jesus and the Holy Spirit, though no one knows what the Holy Spirit looks like. Only if she was trying to tell us Skerrit is jesus and the holy Spirit. Anyways my point is since they could come up with their own vision I too can give meaning to the flood of Trinidad, my land of birth, though I reside in Dominica. here is my interpretation:
    Dominica suffered severely from Erika in 2015, followed by Maria in 2017 all because of the lies, fabrication and curse of Skerrit. Because the people of Dominica demonstrated against his evil and Monfared, he and his lawyers fabricated a coupe and then proceeded to arrest and prosecute well respected Dominicans. Last month on September 21, 2018, Skerrit was allowed to hire three attorneys, from T&T, to help him with his lies. Somebody higher was not happy so the curse of Skerrit followed them to T&T exactly a month later, on the same date OCt. 21, 2018

    • ??????????
      October 23, 2018

      Zor sort! Do you know what u are all saying . That foolish judgemental and hatred towards one person – (the honourable Roosevelt Skerrit). What do yo know about Almightly God, Jehovah? Do you think he thinks like you with all that hatred and sicko attitude? Well it is time to develop a personal relationship with Jehovah! then you can have a heart of love and you will be shocked and ashamed at all the hatred and hurtful things that you are spewing. In Numbers 12 – Murium &Aaron spoke about Moses (God annointed) and you know he appeared to them and asked if they were not afraid to speak about a man he had chosen. Murium was stricken with Leprosy! The same – Moses – spoke to God on her behalf (Murium was his sister). God hears, sees all we say and do. Why hate? Why hate? We need to respect God & not twist God’s word to suit our situation. What if the Gentleman is God’s chosen? Repent and stop speaking evil of anyone and about persons in position of authority. Let God…

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