NewsThursday, December 26, 2013 | 11:29 AM
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad Bissessar called on the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) to mobilize foodstuff and emergency supplies to be sent to St Lucia, which was badly affected by the inclement weather on Christmas Eve.In a release on Thursday, Persad-Bissessar, who is chairman of CARICOM and lead Prime Minister on security in the region, said the ODPM has items in its National Warehouse as well as five pre-positioned and pre-packed 40 feet containers.“Items necessary for immediate mobilization have been placed in these containers and warehouses. With the assistance of the Supermarkets Association, water manufacturers and other key suppliers of emergency goods and services, the ODPM is mobilizing the necessary stuff to be sent to St Lucia in the shortest possible time,” the release stated.The CEO of ODPM, Dr Stephen Ramroop has contacted the Deputy Prime Minister of St Lucia, Philip J Pierre, and received a list of items that were urgently required by the Government.The containers with supplies are scheduled to leave St. Lucia on Thursday afternoon.St. Lucia was plunged into mourning following the deaths of five people, including a police officer, as a result of floods caused by a weather system that also caused death and destruction in the neighbouring island of St Vincent and the Grenadines.
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