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The Met Office says there will be more rain
Meteorologist Paula Wellington said some rainfall
will continue with periods of sunshine.
Yesterday, the Met Office continued its riverine
flood alert for Trinidad, owing to recent rainfall,
which it said was the result of low-level moisture
convergence over the country.
Heavy rain during the past few days has caused
flooding in several areas, leaving some residents
In a statement, the Met Office said, "Reports
from the Water Resources Agency indicate that
water levels in the larger rivers, in particular the
Caroni River, have overspilled their banks. As a
result smaller river courses, particularly in north-
eastern and central Trinidad, have been affected
and have also overspilled their banks."
The bulletin said meteorological forecasts and
data from numerical weather prediction models
indicated that rain is expected to continue, with
rainfall accumulation anticipated to range between
20 and 30 millimetres.
People in general, and especially those who live
in the Caroni River Basin, were warned of rising
river levels and further possible flooding.
"All necessary measures must be taken to pre-
serve life and property," the bulletin said.
The ODPM, in a release, said it was in contact
with all first responder agencies (Fire Service,
Defence Force, police and the municipal corpo-
rations) so immediate help could be given if need-
ed.It warned that people commuting to and from
affected areas should delay travel or find alternative
routes if possible, but still proceed with extreme
Those affected by the bad weather are asked to
contact the ODPM s Customer Care Centre at 511,
check its Web site www.odpm.gov.tt for additional
safety tips and take all measures to preserve life
Despite the severe flooding, Wellington said the
recent rainfall was not abnormal for November.
"At Piarco, there was 83mm from November 12
until November 13, which is one day. The accu-
mulation for the month was measured at 198.11
mm, and the average for the month of November
is 242 mm.
"So a large daily constant rainfall figure is nor-
ODPM: More bad
JENSEN LA VENDE
Missing sisters Felicia, 17, and
Jenelle Gonzales, 19, were found
yesterday alive and well.
A search team found them at
a makeshift camp deep inside
the Brasso Seco forest under
guard by two men.
When the rescue team
approached the men opened fire
on them, before escaping into
the surrounding forests.
As some members of the res-
cue team pursued the suspects,
the others attended to the sisters
in the hiding place they had kept
captive for the past 19 days.
The sisters were later led out
the forest and taken to the hos-
pital for medical tests, before they
were reunited with their relieved
family members late last night.
Elder sister Gail Harford said
last night she was grateful her
two sisters were found alive.
Police said around 5.30 pm,
soldiers and police again went
into the forest at Lalaja Road after
being given information by one
of five suspects they had been
They later found a camp but
as they approached it they were
shot at by two men. The rescue
team fired back, forcing the gun-
men to retreat and run into the
The sisters were found in the
camp and were later taken to the
Arima Health Facility for tests.
Up to last night, the police and
soldiers were still searching the
forest for the gunmen who, along
with Azmon Alexander, are now
the main suspects in the murder
of two members of the sisters
family and their neighbour.
Suspects on run
Sisters found alive in Brasso Seco forest
Only on Tuesday, a
farmer's keen sense of
smell had led police to the
body of the sisters' mother
Irma Rampersad, 49, who
was snatched with them
and 14-month-old Shania
Amoroso on October 26
from their home.
Rampersad was found
tied to a tree and her right
foot was missing. An
revealed she had been
The family's close friend
Felix Martinez and Amoroso
had been found wrapped in
a sleeping blanket, several
miles from where
Rampersad's body was
discovered, last Saturday.
Amoroso's head had been
bashed in while Martinez
had been strangled.
Martinez, 52, had initially
reported the disappearance
of the family to the police
on October 26, a day after
they went missing. He told
police he was asleep in their
house and awoke to find a
kitchen window broken and
the women and child
missing. A few days later he
too went missing but was
believed to have been
3 DEAD IN CASE
The search team,
comprising members of the
Police Service, Defence Force,
Fire Service, Forestry Division
and villagers, had been
searching the Brasso Seco
forest since the family was
reported missing on October
28.Five people, including three
relatives of the missing family,
were arrested during this
period and it was on Thursday
that one of the suspects in
custody reportedly gave the
police valuable information in
Earlier yesterday, the rescue
team started searching the
forest for the country's most
wanted man Azmon
Alexander just after lunchtime
as heavy rains delayed their
Led by one of the five
suspects, the team focused
on two areas.
The search first focused on
an area in the heart of the
Brasso Seco community.
Hours later the search team
was taken to an area close to
the house where the family
was last seen.
The search party, the T&T
Guardian was told,
subsequently got information
that Alexander was still in the
area. The team cordoned off
two exits to the Brasso Seco
forest and began their search
from either side towards the
area where they were told
Alexander was hiding.
After getting more
information afterwards, they
returned to the forest again
and this time were successful
in finding the sisters.
Alexander was not found up
to last night.
TIP BRINGS BREAKTHROUGH
speaks to a
Gonzales in the
went back into
the forest after
sisters alive and
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