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  • Local reports said that some tributaries of the Caroni river have already exceeded their maximum capacity with subsequent flooding.

    Local reports said that some tributaries of the Caroni river have already exceeded their maximum capacity with subsequent flooding. | Photo: Reuters

Published 30 December 2017

Incessant rainfall this week has led to widespread flooding and a massive landslide.

Trinidad and Tobago's Meteorological Services has warned of increased fluvial flooding due to high rainfall. 

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The Water Resource Agency confirmed that major rivers are nearing maximum holding capacity, posing an imminent risk of flooding for low-lying areas. 

Local reports said that some tributaries of the Caroni river have already exceeded their maximum capacity with subsequent flooding. 

The Meteorological Services forecast more rainfall and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management is warning people in flood-prone areas to take precautions.

Areas of northern Trinidad like Toco, Rampanalgas, Salybia, Valencia, Santa Rosa Heights, Arima, Tunapuna, Tacarigua and Maracas have already been affected by power failures and a major landslide that blocked the North Coast Road. Authorities are currently working to fix damages.  

Other landslides have been reported in La Canoa Road, Cunjal Road and Third Company Village. The main road in Caparo is now under water due to the overflowing of the Caparo river.  

The Ministry of Rural Development confirmed Friday that El Carmen, Kelly Village, St. Helena and Madras Road were impassable and asked people to avoid driving in the affected areas as more rain is expected. 

Residents in east, central and southern Trinidad fear they will be affected. Some villagers in central Trinidad are preparing for floods by moving appliances and furniture to higher grounds. 

In an interview with T&T Guardian, Madras Road resident Shammie Kissoon revealed her concern.

“I can’t take another hit, I lost too much already," she said.

"I'm trying to organize some sandbags for now and move out what I could just in case."


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