All schools closed because of rain, flooding on Thursday

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Education Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly. File photo/Sureash Cholai

Education Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly and her ministry posted on social media shortly after 7 am today that all schools in Trinidad will be closed today.She explained that this was because the Met Office had just upgraded the adverse weather alert to include an orange-level riverine alert.

This means watercourses are at critically high levels and pose a severe risk to public safety, livelihood and property.

The riverine alert was first issued on Wednesday afternoon and renewed on Thursday morning. It extends until 5 pm on Friday.

The yellow-level general adverse weather warning of rain, high winds and possible flash flooding and landslips is also still in effect until noon on Friday.

Gadsby-Dolly said official documents will be issued to principals shortly and the Ministry of Education will issue an official statement.