Two major landslides in Tobago over 24 hours

Craig Hall on Thursday.

Photo Credit: guardian.co.tt

Heavy rainfall has caused two major landslides across Eastern Tobago in the last 24 hours. Officials from the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) responded to a landslide in Moriah, known as Big River, on Wednesday.

Another large landslide in Craig Hill occurred on Thursday, rendering the roadway impassable.

TEMA director, Allan Stewart, told Guardian Media that as of late Thursday evening, the roadway at Craig Hall was only open to single-lane traffic with his team on site.

He also asked that people using the Windward roads to be especially mindful as the area is susceptible to landslides, and the soil is saturated due to persistent rainfall.

Radar estimates indicate up to 50 millimetres of rainfall has fallen across the eastern half of Tobago over the last 18 hours.

With additional rains anticipated, there is an elevated risk of landslides and street or flash flooding in the area.

This rainfall is due to a low-level trough affecting T&T, which has produced flooding across Penal, Debe, Barrackpore, Manzanilla, and Diego Martin in Trinidad.

Courtesy of guardian.co.tt

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