A woman and three children escaped death after a large tree crashed on top of their San Fernando home, destroying it and trapping them inside.
The family had to be rescued by neighbours who heard the loud crashing noise.
The family escaped without any life-threatening injuries and were discharged from the hospital on Monday but the plywood house and all household articles were destroyed.
The incident occurred around 3.30 pm on Sunday during heavy rain.
Rummaging through the rubble where his home once stood, Anand Nagoo, 36, said he was not home when the incident occurred.
He said that his wife Seanna, 33, was sitting in the living room with their daughter and niece, ages eight and ten when she said, “A strong breeze pass and she hear the crackling of the tree.
She realise that the tree was going to fall and she dive on top my daughter and niece.
She get the most injuries because the roof fall on top of she. She black out and could not remember anything for a while. My son hide under the double-decker bed. He did not get much injuries.” However, they were trapped. “The neighbours come and help them to come out.”
Nagoo, a gravedigger with the San Fernando City Corporation said his wife, daughter and niece received head injuries.
His wife’s shoulder was also injured.
They were treated, given medication, kept overnight and discharged from the San Fernando General Hospital.
“They get a prescription for tablet but I cannot buy it because I have no money,” he lamented.
The family is now divided. Nagoo’s daughter is staying my his sister while his son is by his sister-in-law.
“Me and my wife don’t really have anywhere to stay. This morning we take a lie down by my mother, but we don’t know what we going to do.”
Nagoo went through the rubble to try to salvage what he could, but almost everything was destroyed.
He said the children cannot go to school because their school supplies are all gone.
Reporter: Sascha Wilson