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House in Santa Cruz destroyed after heavy rainfall

Sunday, July 23, 2017
A man stands amid the ruins of Emily Sookraj’s house in Santa Cruz, yesterday.

Emily Sookraj and her daughter were home alone yesterday when parts of their house were destroyed as a result of heavy rainfall.

The rain brought with it a landslide which crashed its way into their Jaggan Village, Santa Cruz, home.

Sookraj’s 31-year-old daughter, Suzanne Gomez, was asleep when the incident happened around noon.

In a brief interview last night, Sookraj said the only thing standing was the living room.

“Everything else mash up.”

Gomez was injured and had to seek medical attention at hospital. Sookraj said about ten years ago a similar incident occurred. The family did not receive assistance then and up to last night, Sookraj said none of the first responders responded to her call.

The heavy showers caused severe flooding in areas such as Maraval and Diego Martin.

It also brought traffic to a halt in some places.

The Meteorological Office forecast that light to moderate showers were expected today with a chance of thundershower activity mainly during the morning and early afternoon becoming heavy and thundery over Trinidad.

The Diego Martin and Santa Cruz rivers were raging yesterday after the heavy downpour.

The roadways in La Seiva, Saddle Road and Mt Hololo were flooded, with some vehicles stalled.

Just after noon, the rain began and in minutes, the city was under water.


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