Monday, November 29, 2004
In Trinidad, life in three communities, Toco, Matelot and Cumana came to a standstill for nearly 24 hours when a large retaining wall collapsed onto the Paria Main Road because of bad weather. Residents were cut off from the rest of the country. A landslide on a secondary road in Toco and damage to repairs on mains being done by the Water and Sewerage Authority at several points on the main road made access to the east Trinidad communities difficult. The wall was meant to safeguard the road from landslides. The Toco Composite School was closed for the entire day, as there was a landslide on the road leading to the school. The collapsing wall brought with it gravel, stones and mud.