Deaths in C’bean: T&T spared brunt of wet weather

TRINIDAD and Tobago was spared the damaging winds and rain which wreaked havoc on other Caribbean islands between Christmas Eve and yesterday as a tropical system barrelled through the region.
Five people in St Lucia lost their lives as landslides and flooding heavily damaged some of the island’s infrastructure, including George FL Charles Airport, which was ordered closed on Tuesday night due to flooding on the runway.
Flights heading to the island had to be diverted to Piarco International Airport, resulting in delays for several passengers hoping to get home in time for Christmas.
St Vincent and the Grenadines sustained an even heavier blow, with seven reported killed on the main island.
According to the Meteorological Service, yesterday’s winds in Trinidad and Tobago gusted in excess of 50 km, but although it warned that flooding was expected there were no reports up to last night.
By midday yesterday, conditions in Trinidad and Tobago were described as “settled”, according to the Met Service. See Page 21
—Gyasi Gonzales
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