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.
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.
A family of eight escaped injury after their single-storey concrete home collapsed following a landslide.
Around noon Tuesday, members of the family from William Street, Mt Dor began noticing the movement of earth near their home after heavy rainfall.
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.
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.
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.
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.