February 13th, 2018 Kent House, Maraval – At around 6:30pm last night, reports were received by the Princes Town Disaster Management Unit via their 24 Hour Toll-Free Hotline that volcanic activity was detected at Devil’s Woodyard, Hindustan Road, New Grant.
Senior Disaster Management Coordinator at the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government, Mr. Rishi Siew accompanied by personnel from the Princes Town DMU visited the site and confirmed these reports and further advised members of the public to be cautious when traversing the area.
Acting Minister of Rural Development and Local Government and Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries Senator the Honorable Clarence Rambharat urges citizens to be cautious saying, “I understand that people are anxious to view the volcanic eruptions however at this time, I strongly urge all residents and citizens to avoid going to the site and allow the emergency first responders and Seismic personnel to do their work in order to get this situation under control and prevent any incidents.”
At this time the Chairman of the Princes Town Regional Corporation, Councillor Gowrie Roopnarine, along with the Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service, the Environmental Management Authority (EMA), the Princes Town Disaster Management Unit and Senior Disaster Management Coordinator in the Ministry are on site, coordinating efforts in order to ensure safety and security for all residents and by extension citizens.
Citizens are kindly asked to be vigilant and proceed with caution when traversing the area.