South, Central Trinidad hit by floods

Disaster management teams plodded through flood-stricken areas Tuesday distributing tarpaulins and foodstuff for dozens of families hard hit by floods in South and Central Trinidad.

While the waters receded in some parts of Claxton Bay, Gasparillo and Gran Couva, high tides coupled with heavy rainfall caused rising flood waters in the low-lying areas of the Oropouche Lagoon.

Along the M2 Ring Road in Debe, motorists had to park on higher ground while floods rose near the Namdevco market.

Kamla: Skit was insult to Afro-Trinbagonians, all women and Hindus

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has condemned a skit done at the PNM's Family Day on Sunday, as an insult and abuse to male Afro-Trinbagonians, woman and Hindu women in particular.

She has called on prime minister Dr keith Rowley to also condemn it.

She issued the call in a statement to the media on Tuesday. 

Met Office discontinues adverse-weather alert

The Met Office has discontinued the adverse-weather alert for Trinidad.
The Met Office says the most intense activity due to the ITCZ has passed.
However, it says a few lingering showers are expected and that flood waters will gradually subside in areas currently experiencing street/flash flooding.
It is advising nationals not to take unnecessary risks but to remain vigilant and continue to monitor official sources for information.

Three charged with rifle, ammunition possession

Three men, jointly charged with possession of a rifle and ammunition, have appeared before a Port of Spain Magistrate, to answer to the charges.

Meshac Farrell, 19, a labourer of Cocorite Terrace, Cocorite; Sherlan Roberts, 20, a painter of Waterhole, Cocorite; and Atiba O’Brien, 24, labourer of Upper Big Yard, Carenage, appeared before Magistrate Rehanna Hosein, in the Port of Spain 4B Magistrates’ Court, on Tuesday 14th August, 2018.

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