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PTRC sets up 2 shelters

Published: 
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Princes Town Regional Corporation chairman Gowrie Roopnarine says the corporation has set up two emergency shelters at the Hindustan School and the Hindustan Community Centre to assist those who wanted to evacuate in the wake of the eruption of the Devil’s Woodyard mud volcano yesterday.

“There are 25 houses within a mile and a half radius who are in the direct zone, so we have provided these shelters to them,” Roopnarine said.

Expressing relief that no-one was injured, Roopnarine said he had alerted the Office of Disaster Preparedness and the University of the West Indies Seismic Unit about the eruption.

A team from the Environmental Management Authority arrived on the scene around 11 am and began doing air quality tests.

Head of the municipal police, WP Insp Alexander Sankar, said police were working to keep onlookers out of the danger zone. Saying the volcano showed signs of further eruptions, Alexander-Sankar reiterated the call for citizens to stay away from the Hindustan area. Meanwhile, ODPM head Capt Neville Wint said residents were allowed to return to their homes after officials of the University of the West Indies Geological Unit and the EMA declared toxicity levels low.

“The officials said the flammability levels were also low and toxicity levels were minimum so it is safe for residents who live in close proximity to re-enter their homes.” However, Wint said the volcanic site was still active noting that the roadway to the Devil’s Woodyard Site remains closed except for local traffic.

Citizens were advised to avoid the area at this time, as fresh mud and gases continue to secrete from the crater of the volcano.

Citizens with any questions or concerns can contact the ODPM’s Customer Care Centre at 511 or visit its website www.odpm.gov.tt for further updates.

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