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More than 1,500 cheques related to flood relief for several affected areas in Trinidad have been delivered to respective recipients impacted by previous episodes of flooding this year.

Confirmation has come from the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services, who reports the cheque distributions took place during 19 – 30 October, 2020, at the Ministry’s Head Office on St Vincent Street, Port of Spain.

Among the recipients were residents from Beetham, Penal/Debe, Sangre Grande, Kelly Village, Tunapuna/Piarco, Mayaro/Rio Claro, Santa Cruz, Siparia, San Juan/Barataria, Couva, Tabaquite/Talparo and Chaguanas regions.

“This emergency distribution exercise came following large crowds at the Ministry’s head office in early October, following the close of the financial year,” the release from the Ministry explains.

It added: “The Ministry also made special arrangements to distribute the outstanding flood relief cheques, while ensuring established protocols on social and physical distancing were observed; in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.”

The Ministry says distribution of rental assistance cheques related to COVID-19 Social Support, continues to take place on a daily basis. It is urging citizens that all COVID-19 protocols must be observed when they attempt to access flood relief and rental assistance cheques, and other social services.

“The Ministry reminds the public to avoid gathering in large crowds, at all of the Ministry’s offices, inclusive of its local board district offices, but instead observe the guidelines advised by the Ministry of Health to avoid the spread of COVID-19,” it stated in the release.

The Social Development Ministry advises that for all enquiries, persons may contact the toll-free call centre at 800–1673.