Social Development Ministry activates internal disaster response team

The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services says that following the inclement weather over the past few days and more heavy rainfall anticipated over the weekend it has activated its internal disaster response team and stands ready to provide the necessary assistance to persons affected by flooding.

The Ministry says that at present, it is working closely with its key disaster stakeholders including the first responders – the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government’s Disaster Management Units (DMUs), to assess reported cases in affected areas.

Gran Couva road caves in

Heavy overnight rains have caused the Gran Couva Main Road to cave preventing delivery trucks from entering several communities.

Chairman of the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation Henry Awong says vehicles heavier than three tonnes are now banned from entering the area. Teams from the Ministry of Works are on the site assessing the damages.

"The road has caved in so badly that the WASA line is exposed so if heavy vehicles continue to traverse there, the main water line will break," Awong said. He noted that flooded communities in Mamoral and

International: Three killed in Japan earthquake

A strong earthquake in Osaka, Japan has killed at least three people, including a child, and injured more than 200.

Airports in the area were closed for several hours, train lines interrupted and factories had to halt production.

The 6.1 magnitude quake did not trigger a tsunami warning and nuclear plants in the area are operating normally.

Japan lies in a particularly earthquake-prone region and accounts for around 20% of quakes worldwide of magnitude 6.0 or more.Monday's quake in Osaka occurred just before 08:00 local time north of the city.

Penal fire leaves retired school teacher & family homeless

A retired school teacher and her family are now homeless after a fire destroyed their three-story home at Syne Village, Penal Monday.

No one was at home when the fire started after midday but by mid-afternoon, the entire structure had burnt to the ground.

The flames were first spotted in the area of the kitchen but by the time firefighters arrived, it had spread to the entire upper floor.

Amilcar Franklyn said the house was occupied by his mother Marlene Turner-Franklyn and his sister Nathifa Franklyn. 

Death toll reaches 75 as Guatemala volcano erupts again

The death toll has risen in Guatemala as explosions continue to escalate at the country’s Fuego volcano.

Three days after the volcano’s first eruption, search, rescue and recovery efforts still remain in effect for the millions of people affected by the blasts, with many of the small towns surrounding Fuego covered in thick ash and flowing debris.

In a press conference on Tuesday evening, Sergio Cabanas — the head of the National Coordination for Disaster Reduction of Guatemala (CONRED) — said that 192 people are still reported missing.