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Heavily-armed police officers were on the streets of Arima yesterday for the Borough Day J'Ouvert
celebrations. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
One day shy of the anniversary
of the devastating 2012 floods in
Diego Martin, flash floods brought
on by torrential rains caused some
nervous moments for residents
yesterday. However, the floodwa-
ters quickly subsided and no
major damage was reported.
An official from the Office of
Disaster and Preparedness Man-
agement (ODPM) told the Sunday
Guardian yesterday s flooding was
limited to the Crystal Stream and
Chuma Monka areas.
"The episode, caused by con-
centrated rainfall in certain areas,
lasted about half an hour. The areas
which saw flooding also saw the
water subsiding very quickly, sug-
gesting that the ground has not
reached saturation point," the
Asked what would happen if the
rainfall continued into the night,
the source said it is expected that
the water would again subside
The Met Office said the heavy
rains were the result of an Inter-
Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ)
"enhanced by a favourable upper
level environment." The weather
was expected to improve as the
night progressed, but said "noting
the amount of rainfall that has
occurred, and the forecast for the
continuation of this rainfall activity,
rivers of moderate carrying capacity
can become overwhelmed.
"Citizens are advised to be vig-
ilant and cautious as they conduct
their activities and should adopt
measures which would preserve
life and property."
The ODPM said first responder
agencies---TT Fire Service, TT
Defence Force and the municipal
corporations---had been put on alert
following the reports of flooding.
The agency advised citizens affect-
ed by the inclement weather to
contact their Customer Care Centre
Almost one year to the day...
Guardian reader Wanda Babb captured this image of flood waters
overflowing from the Diego Martin River and inundating the
northbound lane of the Diego Martin Highway from Wendy Fitzwilliam
Boulevard to Sierra Leone Road.
Criminals armed with cutlasses
forced an elderly man out of his home
after they robbed him and set the
building on fire, police said.
The incident took place at around
2.45 am yesterday.
Guy Bachan, 64, of Coora Road,
Siparia, was asleep at his home when
three men woke him up. They robbed
him of $700, a gold ring valued at $300
and a $100 cellphone.
Police said the robbers tied him up
and then escorted him outside the
house, then set the wood and concrete
structure, on fire. Bachan sought help
from a neighbour.
Estimated losses have been put at
PC Boodhai of the Siparia Police Sta-
tion is investigating.
Elderly man robbed,
house set on fire
Police are continuing investigations
into the death of a Chaguanas man
who was severely beaten over the
alleged theft of a cell phone.
Floyd Mahase, 50, a handyman, who
succumbed to his injuries at hospital
on Friday night, was found unconscious
and naked in a ditch behind his home
on Thursday with injuries about his
body by his father Randolph Mahabir.
Mahase, a father of one, lived alone
at Derrick Road, Chase Village, Chagua-
nas. He underwent emergency surgery
at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences
Complex but never regained conscious-
His father Randolph Mahabir, 72,
told the Sunday Guardian, the deceased
was a drug addict.
"If he did steal the phone and he sell
it, I would have arranged and paid com-
pensation. They beat a man to death
for a cellphone," he said.
He said he would usually see Mahase
every day because he would come for
food. He said he became worried when
he did not see Mahase on Tuesday or
Wednesday and went in search of him
Mahabir said neighbours told him
Mahase had an argument with a couple
over a cell phone and was beaten with
a bottle. Neighbours called an ambu-
lance but Mahase refused to go to the
An autopsy is expected to be per-
formed tomorrow at the Forensic Sci-
ences Complex, Port of Spain.
Chaguanas man dies
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