Gov't to distribute $2.4 million in home repair & relief grants

The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts will on Monday distribute around $2.4 million in Home Repair and Emergency Relief grants as well as Developmental Projects to families and communities throughout Trinidad.

A statement by the ministry says applicants will receive funding for the repair of their homes through a purchase order issued to a hardware supplier.

Penal man dies in house fire

Trapped by his fears of being outdoors, Raffie Mohammed was burnt alive in a fire which destroyed his home in Penal on Monday afternoon.

His sister Nazra Baksh 52, who risked her life in a futile bid to save him, suffered extensive burns to her arms, back and legs, when she tried to pull him out from under a swing in the upper floor of the wooden house at Tulsa Branch Trace, Penal.

Mohammed, 47 suffered from down syndrome since birth and had never before left the safety of his home. He lived with his 87-year-old mother Shairoon Mohammed. 

Hurricane Michael kills 2, leaves trail of devastation

Hurricane Michael has left a trail of destruction and has killed two people.

A CNN report states that Mexico Beach, Florida, is not just destroyed but for the most part, it's not there anymore.

It says that from a helicopter, one can see that many of the homes and hotels that populated this beachside town of about 1,200 are gone.

A few houses and other structures remain standing, but they're the exceptions.

Hurricane Michael's wind and storm surge ripped up buildings like posies and carried them inland.

Damaged gear ring delays T&T Spirit

The Port Au­thor­i­ty of T&T has apol­o­gised to pas­sen­gers who had to en­dure a de­lay ear­li­er to­day af­ter the T&T Spir­it en­coun­tered en­gine trou­ble ahead of its jour­ney from Scar­bor­ough to Port-of-Spain.

In a re­lease, act­ing In­ter-Is­land Trans­porta­tion CEO Vil­ma Lewis-Cock­burn said the de­lay was due to a dam­aged starter mo­tor and gear ring on the port in­ner main en­gine which was dis­cov­ered dur­ing start-up.

She not­ed that the ves­sel did not stall dur­ing the voy­age as was be­ing re­port­ed.

Rough seas damage Marabella homes

More than 30 homes near the seafront at Bay Shore, Mara­bel­la, were rav­aged by pow­er­ful waves caused by an un­usu­al­ly rough sea last evening.

Res­i­dents who live near the seafront lost house­hold items, in­clud­ing beds, re­frig­er­a­tors and stoves af­ter the wa­ters in­vad­ed their homes.

The said just af­ter mid­day yes­ter­day an un­usu­al wave pat­tern de­vel­oped and by 4.30 pm many homes were dam­aged by high waves.

One af­fect­ed res­i­dent was pen­sion­er Man­gree Har­ry­dath, 70, and her hus­band, Az­iz Ho­sein, 72.

Mother & baby among 5 deaths associated with Hurricane Florence

Five deaths in North Carolina have been linked to Hurricane Florence Friday, including a mother and baby who died in Wilmington.

Wilmington Police reported on Twitter that a tree fell on a house on Mercer Avenue, killing the pair around 9:30 a.m.

The father was pulled from the home and transported to a local hospital with injuries, police said.

Gov. Roy Cooper confirmed one of the deaths occurred in Lenoir County, when someone was plugging in a generator, according to a press release.

8-year-old boy dies of smoke inhalation, 9-year-old brother critical

Police are investigating the death of an 8-year-old boy who was found dead in Mayaro this morning.

His 9-year-old brother is in a critical condition after both appeared to have been suffocated by smoke.

Police were called to a home in Kernahan Village after the two boys were found unresponsive in a room at 5 am this morning by their parents.

The 8-year-old boy is believed to have died due to smoke inhalation, as investigators found a burnt mosquito coil in the room.

Heavy rain, flood affect 150 Cedros families

While some parts of the country experienced crippling water shortages, over 150 families in Cedros were left marooned Tuesday when flood waters invaded the community of Bonasse.

A rising tide coupled with one hour of heavy rainfall caused the flooding which gathered inside resident's homes and yards.

Deodath Toolsie and his wife Eileen tried to put their furniture and appliances on higher ground when the floods started to rise.