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T&T likely to lose more than 80% of capital infrastructure in-a-one-in 250 year earthquake, U.N Report…

Chief Executive Officer of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management, ODPM, Dr. Stephen Ramroop, is reiterating that it cannot be business as usual, with respect to Disaster Risk Management.Dr Stephen Ramroop - CEO, ODPM

His comments come in wake of a United Nations Global Assessment Report 2013, which states that Trinidad and Tobago is likely to lose more than 80 percent of its capital infrastructure, in-a-one-in 250 year earthquake.

The country has been listed at level 1 in the report.

United Nations logoThe Global Platform of the United Nations international strategy for disaster reduction provides strategic and coherent guidance for implementation of the Hyogo Framework for action, a 10-year plan designed to make the world safer and more resilient from all hazards.

Dr. Ramroop assures that although measures are in place in the event of natural disasters, as a result of this latest report the ODPM is stepping up its programs for mainstreaming disaster risk reduction across Trinidad and Tobago.

He said to build capacity in all sectors including the private sector, the ODPM is in communities, government agencies, NGO’s and the private sector, with the goal of building a more resilient nation.