Less money for weather disasters

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The government is planning a major disaster drill next month although the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) is operating with a smaller budget.

Like several other government agency, ODPM now has less money for its critical disaster work.

The budget has been reduced by seven per cent, but there are indications of other forthcoming cuts.

The smaller budget comes at a time when Trinidad and Tobago and the rest of the Eastern Caribbean are expecting much activity during the current hurricane season.

The season runs from June to November 30.

A nationwide drill is expected to take place as part of preparedness for weather disasters.

The Meteorological Office forecasts up to seven named storms during the Atlantic hurricane season.

The cutback in funding could also impact other primary disaster responders, including municipal corporations.

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