Flooding in Bon Aire over the weekend. (Image courtesy Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government)

CHESTER SAMBRANO

Citizens are being told they must now adapt to the flooding situation affecting this country.

Over the weekend there were numerous reports of flooding, particularly in areas in East and South Trinidad.

Speaking on CNC3’s The Morning Brew today, Senior Disaster Management Coordinator at the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government, Jerry David, said because of climate change and other factors, flooding has become a worldwide phenomenon.

He said here in Trinidad and Tobago, it is no different.

“We would have to learn to adapt.”

He added: “If there is a fight between man and nature, you know nature will win.”

He said now people must not only adapt but be vigilant, so that recovery could take place.

“If it is that every two years you are being impacted by this level of water and the water is entering your home and it is destroying your fabric furniture—and many people have fabric furniture; it’s the modern way to have furniture—but perhaps it’s time to adapt more and get different furniture.”

David said increased rainfall aside, there are issues such as unplanned developments and indiscriminate dumping of garbage in water courses that need to be dealt with.

For its part, he said the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government has been setting up community emergency response teams where it trains people to recognize, respond and recover from hazards.