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Crews work to clear a landslide at Big River, Mason Hall. ↔PICTURE courtesy TEMA

There were 106 landslides in the eastern and northeastern parts of Tobago in November, 36 of which were major events.

Inclement weather was the main cause of the landslides which are being dealt with by coordinating team including the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), the Division of Infrastructure, Quarries and the Environment of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) and other local authorities.

At present, 25 major projects are still engaging the attention of the team while at the same time the Division continues to attend to minor slides.

Infrastructure Secretary Councillor Kwesi Des Vignes said priority is being given returning things to normal for the affected residents.

“Management is working assiduously to allocate scarce resources to affected areas and therefore at this time we are encouraging the public to be patient,” he said.

“I am proud and equally thankful to the technical team and staff that have worked overtime into the wee hours of the morning, sacrificing sleep to make the roadways safe and passable once again. Their labour of love is well noted!”

The public is urged to exercise caution on the roadways while rain is falling, follow the updates and adhere to instructions from TEMA.