Trinidad: Tertiary institutions close doors due to flooding

Four ter­tiary lev­el in­sti­tu­tions have can­celled all class­es for to­mor­row as a re­sult of the flood­ing dis­as­ter now af­fect­ing parts of the coun­try.

The Uni­ver­si­ty of the West In­dies (UWI), the Col­lege of Sci­ence, Tech­nol­o­gy and Ap­plied Arts of T&T (COSTAATT), the MIC In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy Cen­tres and the Uni­ver­si­ty of the South­ern Caribbean (USC) all is­sued state­ments to­day an­nounc­ing that all class­es are can­celled for to­mor­row.

UWI’s Mar­ket­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Unit sent out an email to all stu­dents ad­vis­ing them that due to con­tin­ued ad­verse weath­er warn­ings and lim­it­ed mo­bil­i­ty across the coun­try, class­es for to­mor­row were can­celled.

UWI al­so re­as­sured stu­dents that the Di­vi­sion of Stu­dent Ser­vice and De­vel­op­ment has been co­or­di­nat­ing with the Stu­dent Guild to or­gan­ise emer­gency re­lief for af­fect­ed stu­dents.

COSTAATT’s vice-pres­i­dent of Stu­dent Af­fairs, Dr Camille Samuel, al­so is­sued a re­lease an­nounc­ing that all of the col­lege’s cam­pus­es in Trinidad will be closed to­mor­row. Samuel said the To­ba­go cam­pus re­mains un­af­fect­ed by floods and will be open.

The MIC In­sti­tute mean­while said due to in­clement weath­er and flood­ing dis­as­ters over the week­end, a de­ci­sion was tak­en to close all MIC of­fices in Trinidad and To­ba­go to­mor­row.

The USC’s state­ment mean­while said the uni­ver­si­ty is aware of the dif­fi­cul­ties of tra­vers­ing the coun­try af­ter the week­end’s rains and floods and is mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion.

The USC said to­mor­row’s clo­sure will give the school a chance to fur­ther as­sess the sit­u­a­tion and help mem­bers of the com­mu­ni­ty who are ad­verse­ly af­fect­ed.

The USC is al­so ask­ing fac­ul­ty and staff who were un­af­fect­ed by the week­end’s rains and floods to lend as­sis­tance to their neigh­bours and com­mu­ni­ties.

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