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Two dead as heavy rains lash Trinidad

Sunday, August 12, 2012 | 2:53 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — On the day when 19 year-old Trinidadian Keshorn Walcott created world history winning the Olympic javelin heavy rains lashed his country resulting in at least two casualties, according to press reports.

Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar Saturday declared west Trinidad a disaster zone as heavy rains caused by the passage of a tropical depression resulted in widespread damage across the country.

The Prime minister toured the devastated western areas of Diego Martin, Carenage, Glencoe as well as Maraval as the rains swept across the island from late Friday night, causing landslides and damaging roads and being blamed for an electrical blackout in some areas.

According to press reports mobile phone users in the west were affected as the waters flooded the buildings of the Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT). In addition parts of the western highway were closed to vehicular traffic as nearby rivers burst their banks flooding the road and homes in the vicinity.

Disaster officials confirmed that 25-year old Everald Bentham was killed when a landslide demolished his home in La Puelta.

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