Family escapes death as house falls apart

While res­i­dents in South Trinidad breathed a sigh of re­lief as the rains held up ear­li­er to­day to al­low for clean-up op­er­a­tions, it was a dif­fer­ent sto­ry for a Moru­ga fam­i­ly whose home col­lapsed last night.

Earl Tees­dale, 65, his wife Bev­er­ley, son and grand­son had to crawl out of their home in St Mary's Vil­lage.

'Trini heroes' respond to bring relief to affected residents

Members of the corporate community and citizens have been rushing to assist those affected by the flooding disasters in their own.

Yesterday KFC packed thousands of boxes of chicken meals to give to those affected in Caroni, St Helena, Piarco and La Horquetta.

The fast food giant has also been giving meals to first responders including fire officers, and police officers.

Contractor Junior Sammy has also been lending a hand as well.

Blue Waters joins relief efforts

Blue Waters has joined the relief efforts.

The company issue the following statement:

"In our efforts to support flood victims over the last couple of days, Blue Waters Products Limited has contributed over 5000 cases of bottled water to the flood relief efforts through different stakeholders including the Tunapuna Regional Corporation and by delivering to shelters in the affected areas.

Zoo collecting donations

The Zoological Society of Trinidad and Tobago has set up a collection centre at the Emperor Valley Zoo for those wishing to donate items to the flood victims.

The board of the ZSTT, management and staff say they are doing their part to provide the much-needed assistance to persons in need and welcome others who wish to join in helping our brothers and sisters in the flood-ravaged areas.

Petit Valley teenager missing

Police are seeking the urgent assistance of the public in locating 16-year-old Shaniel Peters.

Peters, of Hibiscus Drive, Petit Valley, was last seen around 7:30 am, on Wednesday.

She was reported missing to the Four Roads Police Station around 8 am on Thursday 18th October, 2018 by her father.

Shaniel is of mixed descent, 5 feet 4 inches tall, slim built, with a light brown complexion and a relaxed hairstyle.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Shaniel Peters is asked to contact the police at 999, 555, 911 or any police station or call 800-TIPS.

'God has answered my prayers'

For the first time in years, Salmat­tie Garib­s­ingh is look­ing for­ward to her birth­day on No­vem­ber 4.

Garib­s­ingh, who is blind and bedrid­den, was vis­it­ed by of­fi­cials from the Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment on Wednes­day at her Are­na Road, Freeport home.

Help came af­ter Guardian Me­dia high­light­ed her liv­ing con­di­tions on Tues­day. She was promised three grants, one to com­plete her home, an­oth­er to in­stall elec­tri­cal wiring and the third to fur­nish the house. She was al­so promised a food card and a new wheel­chair.

Baby loses eyesight, donations came too late

The US$16,000 need­ed for ba­by Ky'Mani Thomp­son to re­ceive spe­cialised care in Mi­a­mi came too late to save his eye­sight.

His par­ents were giv­en the sad news by doc­tors but one-year-old Ky'Mani will still be un­der­go­ing surgery at the Bas­com Palmer Eye In­sti­tute in Mi­a­mi on Oc­to­ber 24.

Moruga residents move to rename roads after Imbert, Sinanan

Fi­nance Min­is­ter Colm Im­bert and Works and Trans­port Min­is­ter Ro­han Sinanan are be­ing re­spec­tive­ly in­vit­ed by Na­pari­ma and Moru­ga res­i­dents to ex­pe­ri­ence the “plea­sure” of dri­ving over two roads which res­i­dents want to re­name in their ho­n­our the “Colm Im­bert Boule­vard” and the “Sinanan Dri­ve.”

The roads—Garth Road, Pi­paro and Jaipauls­ingh Road in Moru­ga— are said by coun­cil­lors of each area to be the first and sec­ond worst roads in T&T.

Blind and bedridden woman seeks help

Blind and bedrid­den, 62-year-old Salmat­tie Garib­s­ingh wish­es for the day when her home can be com­plet­ed so she would not get soaked on her bed when it rains.

Speak­ing to Guardian Me­dia at her Freeport home on Mon­day, Garib­s­ingh said she has been blind for 21 years.

Her left leg was am­pu­tat­ed 13 years ago and her right leg was am­pu­tat­ed in 2016 due to com­pli­ca­tions from di­a­betes.

She lives with her hus­band Ma­hadeo Rag­bir, 58 and their 23-year-old son Mitchell, who they af­fec­tion­ate­ly call “Mitchie.”