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The village of Mafeking braced for flooding on Sunday night as the high tide at 6.41 p.m., combined with the swollen rivers and constant rain …

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AN 89-year-old woman was found dead in Tunapuna yesterday morning after a fire at her home.

The deceased has been identified as Zubida Mohammed of Prescott Lane in Tunapuna.

Residents of the area told the Express that around 8.45 a.m. they heard a loud explosion, and then observed flames coming from one of the rooms of the bottom floor of the two-storey home.

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Families in Caroni, Valsayn, El Carmen, Las Lomas, and parts of St Helena had to be evacuated yesterday as a result of rising floodwaters.

The Caroni river burst its banks at several points, spilling into the surrounding communities, with water rising as high as three feet in some places.

Even after the rains stopped at about mid-morning, hopes of relief were dashed as, despite the reprieve, the water levels kept rising leaving citizens scrambling to secure their belongings and put appliances on heights.

A 62-year-old man was killed in a road traffic accident in St James on Saturday.

The deceased has been identified as Carl Gill from Providence Estate, Upper Bournes Road, St James.

The Express was told that around 5 a.m. on Saturday, Gill was a passenger in a white Nissan Tiida Hatchback driven by a 39-year-old man from Morvant, which was proceeding west along the Western Main Road in Cocorite.

The driver stopped his vehicle to pick up a passenger in the vicinity of the Cocorite walkover when the Tiida was hit by a blue hatchback, driven by a 26-year-old man from Woodbrook.

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SCORES OF families were evacuated from their homes in affected areas throughout Trinidad yesterday where boats were were the only means of getting out of flooded roads.

In Valsayn South and Spring Village as well as Madras Road, Santa Monica Road, Carli Bay Road, Couva and other areas, dinghies and rescue craft were utilised to evacuate dozens of people.

There were tears as many counted their losses and fears that the high water did not seem to be receding.

“Rastaman don’t apologise to no…”

That line from Jamaican reggae act Sizzla Kalonji (Miguel Collins) sent the massive crowd into an uproar at the “Kings of the Earth” concert, held on Saturday night, at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain.

Sizzla didn’t finish the lyrics to his controversial 2005 release “Nah Apologize”, the recording of which identifies “batty-boy” (homosexuals) as the group he refuses an apology.

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HIGH WATER: Flooding at Oropune Gardens, Piarco, yesterday.

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A VIEW FROM ABOVE: A screen-grab from drone footage of flooding in Valsayn South by resident Garvin Medina yesterday.