Scratch bomb fire leaves nine homeless

Scratch bomb and fire­works play for chil­dren in the Mc Bean, Cou­va com­mu­ni­ty on Di­vali night end­ed up in tragedy for three fam­i­lies af­ter two of their hous­es burst in­to flames de­stroy­ing every­thing.

Nine peo­ple are now home­less, in­clud­ing four chil­dren – a 13-year-old and a 10-year-old.

The vic­tims are Michael Ram­per­sad, 61, his sons Roger, 37 and Jim­my, 36; Jim­my’s wife Videya Lal­la, 34 and their four chil­dren ages sev­en, 10, 12 and 13 and Lal­la’s broth­er Dar­ly Ram­narace.

HDC opens Recovery Service Centre in Greenvale

Residents of Greenvale Park who were adversely affected by flooding, can now visit the HDC’s newly-established Recovery Service Centre for additional support and assistance as they recover and rehabilitate their homes, the HDC said in a statement today.

It said this centre, which formally opened today, will be operational every day from 7 am to 7 pm in the first instance.

At this centre, teams from the HDC will be present to treat with issues related to mortgages and rentals, schedule of repairs of impacted units and general recovery and rehabilitation efforts.

Georgia college & university students to help flood victims in T&T

Over two dozen students from Georgia colleges and universities who are members of the Georgia Caribbean Students Alliance are helping flood victims in Trinidad and Tobago, the South Florida Caribbean News has reported.

According to the volunteer group, the students met Saturday, November 3rd  at Larparkan Shipping in Decatur and packed clothes, shoes, food, diapers and other toiletries to help thousands in those countries displaced by severe flooding.

Trinidad and Tobago received a full month’s worth of rain in two days, according to officials.

Petrotrin workers donate items to flood victims

In the wake of the widespread flooding that devastated various parts north, central, east and southern Trinidad during the weekend of October 20, Petrotrin employees have initiated a Flood Relief Drive from October 22 to 26.

Thousands of dollars’ worth of items; including toiletries, cleaning supplies, ready-to-eat-nonperishable food items and ready-to-drink beverages including bottled water, juice and milk were donated.

Gov't secures further funding for flood-relief efforts from IDB

Minister of Planning and Development Camille Robinson-Regis has secured further financial support in the form of Grant Funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) towards emergency relief efforts for communities affected by recent flooding in October, the ministry said in a statement Thursday. 

This follows the grant of US$200,000 from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) through the utilisation of the Emergency Response Grant under the CDB’s Disaster Management Strategy and Operational Guidelines.  

Over 60 entertainers for We4We flood-relief concert Sunday

The organisers of the 2017 One Island concert are focussing on another concert to provide relief for the recent victims of flooding in Trinidad and Tobago.

The concert is to be called 'We4We'.

The event will take place on Sunday November 4th, 2018  at the Centre of Excellence in Macoya from 2 pm to 10 pm, with the cost of admission set at $50 and any items of non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, clothing, or bedding which will be loaded to containers on the spot.