Catastrophic flooding devastates Trinidad and Tobago


Widespread flooding in Trinidad as seen from an aircraft approaching Piarco Airport

By Eve George
Caribbean News Now Senior Correspondent

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — A very active rainy season in Trinidad and Tobago has left hundreds of residents marooned in their districts and homes, with just as many seeking shelter on higher ground from massive flooding ravaging the countryside.

According to a statement from the ministry of rural development and local government, seasonal rainfalls by an active inter-tropical convergence zone (ITCZ) and a tropical wave has caused heavy and constant rainfall to affect just over 80 percent of Trinidad and Tobago.

Images and video footage of the devastation show scores of people scrambling to escape the rising water, roads swarming with…

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