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guardian.co.tt Sunday, July 23, 2017
Emily Sookraj and
her daughter were
home alone yesterday
when parts of their
house were destroyed
as a result of heavy
The rain brought with it
a landslide which crashed
its way into their Jag-
gan Village, Santa Cruz,
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
“Everything else mash up.”
Gomez was injured and had to seek med-
ical attention at hospital. Sookraj said
about ten years ago a similar incident
occurred. The family did not receive as-
sistance 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
The roadways in La Seiva,
Saddle Road and Mt Hololo
were flooded, with some ve-
Just after noon, the rain be-
gan and in minutes, the city
was under water.
sails to Tobago
After what he described as a successful test run
to Tobago and back to Port-of-Spain on Friday,
Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan says the car-
go vessel the Cabo Star should be ready to begin
inter-island transport tomorrow.
In an interview yesterday, Sinanan said there were still
a few necessary documents and agreements to be put
in place in order for the vessel to sail commercially, in-
cluding customs, immigration and maritime documents.
“They do have protocols to complete and ensure
management agreements are in place. They should
have this in place by Monday or Tuesday, but more likely
it will be on Monday.
Sinanan said he had received a report that the test run went well and
that stakeholders in Tobago were not disappointed.
The vessel reportedly left Port-of-Spain at 11.30 am and docked in
Scarborough shortly before 5 pm. It returned to Port-of-Spain on Fri-
Yesterday, secretary of the Tobago Business Chamber David Wong
said a group of about 30 stakeholders including Minister Ayanna Web-
ster-Roy toured the vessel.
“We managed to go aboard and get a walk around. It is a big boat and
can carry a lot of trucks. It can do the job,” Wong said.
He said while things were returning to normal, in terms of the capacity of
cargo which could be transported, he added that the effects of the past three
months could still be felt by Tobagonians.
“We still don’t know where the Ocean Flower is. Now that we can bring goods
to Tobago, moving people to Tobago is still a big problem.”
Both vessels were leased from Bridgemans Services Group of Vancouver, Can-
ada, at a daily cost of US$22,500 (around $157,500 TT) and US$26,500 ($185,500
TT) respectively, and are expected to fill the transportation gap created when the
Super Fast Galicia left these shores in April after a contractual fallout with Patt.
The Cabo Star will cost the Government $4,725,000 (TT) per month and the
Ocean Flower $5,565,000 (TT).
The maintenance and staffing will be provided by the vessel’s
owners given that it is being chartered for one year.
The vessel does not have the capacity to sail between both
islands twice a day, but will sail once from either island six
days a week.
Once the Cabo Star vessel begins operations, both the
Atlantic Provider and the Barge will be pulled from the sea
Minister of Works and Transport Rohan Sinanan, left, is given a
tour of the newly acquired Cabo Star by President of Bridgeman’s
Services Group limited Brian Grange during a tour of the vessel
after its arrival on Thursday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
A man stands amid the ruins
of Emily Sookraj’s house in
Santa Cruz, yesterday.
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