With three confirmed cases of Chikungunya virus in T&T, the Health Ministry has stated that it has embarked on an education project to inform persons about the advantages of a clean environment and proper water storage.
In December 2013 the mosquito-borne illness was first detected in St Martin.
Since that time most Caricom countries have reported cases of the disease with Puerto Rico declaring the virus an epidemic in the country.
As a result, the Rio Claro/Mayaro Regional Corporation has begun surveys and awareness campaigns throughout its communities, especially as heavy rains beat down yesterday.
Chairman of the corporation Hazaree Ramdeen said it was also an effort to prevent customary flooding in several low-lying areas.
He stated that because of the Chikungunya situation he instructed the corporation to go on a massive clean-up campaign to take up all derelict vehicles, check out all the open spaces and start to clean some water courses.
He also said that he was going to serve notices to people who had any receptacles or containers that were open and collecting water.
The Chikungunya virus is not their only concern, but also the similar but deadly dengue fever, which also comes from the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
Ramdeen said the corporation had begun preparing for the rainy season earlier this year by upgrading drainage systems.