There are no reports of fatalities as a result of the flooding in some parts of Trinidad, National Security Minister Stuart Young has said.
Young made the statement during a press conference his ministry a short while ago, as reports of one dead in Greenville, La Horquetta, began being circulated on social media.
A Guardian Media team in Greenville has also been told by some residents there that they too have heard of drowning deaths associated with the floods, but national security personnel say they have been unable to confirm any of these reports because access to some areas is still impossible.
In denying the information, Young said such claim and other fake information being circulated online has caused first responders to divert attention from affected areas.
Young said Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and other Cabinet members visited affected areas this morning.
While in the national security helicopter, Young said he himself went to Madras Road to ensure whether a viral post of a woman and her two daughters being stranded was indeed factual.
But he said attempts to confirm this situation proved unsuccessful. He said calls to a telephone number provided on the post also went unanswered.
Yesterday's flooding was as a result of an" unusual amount of rainfall on very saturated grounds and rivers with high tide", Young said.
He said emergency services went out last night to areas affected such as Aripo, Sangre Grande and St Helena. Young said it was the worst flooding seen in those areas, with water reaching heights as high as eight feet.
He advised citizens to stay in their homes and stay off the roads unless it was an emergency.
Source: TT Guardian https://bit.ly/2CWyAXE
Reporter: Joel Julien