Heavy rain, flood affect 150 Cedros families

While some parts of the country experienced crippling water shortages, over 150 families in Cedros were left marooned Tuesday when flood waters invaded the community of Bonasse.

A rising tide coupled with one hour of heavy rainfall caused the flooding which gathered inside resident's homes and yards.

Deodath Toolsie and his wife Eileen tried to put their furniture and appliances on higher ground when the floods started to rise.

9-year-old boy dies in hospital after being hit by maxi taxi

A 9-year-old boy who was hit by a maxi taxi last week, died this afternoon at the Eric Williams Medical Science Complex.

Emmanuel John was taken off life support this morning after doctor declared him brain dead on Wednesday.

His relatives had hoped his health would improve, but instead were told by doctors at the Mt Hope hospital, that little Emmanuel was to be removed from life support at around 11am.

Emmanuel, who was set to start Standard 3 at the Aranguez Government Primary School on Monday, died shortly before 4pm.

Flood victims among recipients of grants totaling $300,000

Several families from across the country, have received grant assistance from the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services, under its National Social Development Programme (NSDP).

The grants which amount to up to $15,000 for materials, were distributed in a brief ceremony held at the Ministry’s Head Office in Port of Spain on Monday. 

Among the 22 recipients were also victims of natural or man-made disasters resulting from flood or fire damages.

218 reports of damage to private homes

The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government says disaster management units for the 14 municipal corporations have thus far received a total of 218 reports of both major and minor structural damage to private homes.

The ministry says assessments have been completed for 146 of these reports and that disaster management units are continuing their assessments today to ensure citizen safety.