Disaster

Devastated by August earthquake, Los Iros farmers still waiting for help

Six months af­ter the Au­gust earth­quake ripped apart 50 acres of prime agri­cul­tur­al lands in Los Iros, farm­ers say they have re­ceived no as­sis­tance from the Gov­ern­ment.

Dur­ing a protest at Roy­al En­gi­neer (RE) Road, Erin, farm­ers showed off fields of parched crops.

Pres­i­dent of the Los Iros Hillview Farm­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Reshi­anand Ram­raj said the fields of pro­duce with­ered be­cause most of the ma­jor ponds in the area had dried up. More than 20 ir­ri­ga­tion ponds were dam­aged by the 6.9 mag­ni­tude earth­quake.

Woman perishes in Sealots fire

A woman believed to be in her early 20's has perished in a fire in Sealots.

The woman has not yet been identified.

Neighbours say that she only moved into the house recently and was staying there with another occupant who was not at home at the time.

Residents say they tried in vain to get the woman out of the house but it appeared as though she was locked in.

Firefighters found the body after putting out the blaze.

Investigations are continuing.

Pasea accident caught on camera

An accident involving a military vehicle that claimed the life of an 82-year-old woman on Monday was captured by CCTV footage. The video has been made available to CNC3.

Sea claims three houses in Cedros

Al­most a year af­ter the sea swal­lowed three homes and a por­tion of the road near the coast in Ce­dros, vil­lagers are still fear­ful that more hous­es will col­lapse in­to the sea.

The gul­ly formed in the wake of the mas­sive land­slip has con­tin­ued to widen as no restora­tive work was ever done to stop the ero­sion.

One confirmed dead in accident involving army vehicle

One person has died in an accident on the Priority Bus Route at the Pasea intersection.

The accident involved an army truck, a maxi and motor vehicle.

The accident occurred just before 1 pm.

Police are currently on the scene. 

We will have more when we get it.

Maloney girl still hospitalised

The 11-year-old girl who fell from a Maloney apartment building yesterday remains in hospital.

Rihanna Reid, who fell four storeys is said to be sedated at the Pediatric Unit of the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex.

At the time of her fall, there was speculation that she had died, but it is believed that two awnings broke the child's fall. 

In addition to being sedated, the child is also said to have suffered broken bones and other injuries.

Her condition is being monitored by hospital officials.

 

Man killed in early morning accident

One man has been killed in an early morning crash.

Police say the victim identified as Roger D'Abreau was the front seat passenger in a car driven by friend Garcia when it slammed into a wall, then crashed into a post in Arouca.

Officers say D'Abreau died instantly, while the driver escaped serious injury.

They suspect the driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

Investigations are continuing.

 

Boy, 11, tries to save burning house

While most chil­dren would scream and run away from the sight of fire con­sum­ing their home, 11-year-old Jarell King was con­vinced that he could have saved his fam­i­ly’s house in Sobo Vil­lage, La Brea on Tues­day.

Jar­rel, the el­dest of Ly­dia and Ger­ard King’s three chil­dren, had al­ready start­ed fill­ing a buck­et of wa­ter when he alert­ed his grand­moth­er Nell Hen­ry about the fire which ig­nit­ed in his par­ent’s bed­room.

Fire leaves four homeless in La Brea

A family of four was left homeless today after a fire destroyed their home in Sobo Village, La Brea.

Up to 5 pm, Point Fortin firefighters were on the scene, ensuring that the blaze was completely extinguished.

Residents said that around 4.30 pm, the fire broke out at the house, forcing the family out.

Neighbours formed a bucket brigade and were able to save the family’s parlour, but it was too late for the house.

By the time fire services arrived 30 minutes later, they saw that most of the concrete and wooden structure was gone.

Claxton Bay family homeless after fire

Just a week after losing his job at Weldfab Limited, a Claxton Bay man and his family lost their home in a fire on Wednesday.

Surlal Ramgoolie, 52, his wife Omatie and their son Sean Ramgoolie, 19 escaped death when their wooden and concrete home at Teak Avenue, caught fire shortly before midnight.

Their pet parrots and three caged bullfinches died in the blaze. Their dog nicknamed Puppy got severe burns to his face. 

Standing outside the ruins of the house, a distraught Omatie said she did not know how to move on.

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