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Khadine Crowe, far left, and relatives cry in the rain after a funnel cloud damaged their home.

Shastri Boodan

A family of six escaped with their lives yesterday when a funnel cloud landed directly on their house in Central Trinidad.

The cloud mangled and ripping the metal roof from over their heads.

The heavy afternoon showers then further destroyed some of their belongings.

Khadine Crowe, 39, cried in the arms of her sister Crystal Ramroop, when she got the bad news and rushed to her house at Ragoonanan Trace West, St John’s Road, Chase Village.

Crowe said she was at work at a nearby tile place and started fearing the worse knowing her children were at home, when she learnt that a “tornado” had battered her home.

Ramroop said she thanked God that all lives were spared.

She added that Abid Ali, who is Crowe’s husband, along with three children, including her young niece who had come over to used the internet to do online classes, were at the house when the disaster struck. The children cried fearfully.

Ramroop who works at the office of the Couva North MP said she contacted all the relevant authorities to assist Crowe and her family and assured that her sister would be taken care of.

Ali, who was busy sweeping out the water out of the four-bedroom house, said he was shocked to see the roof being torn off.

Relatives struggled to salvage clothing and what little groceries that survived the rains.

Shanawaz Shah who lives next to Crowe’s house said her damaged by roofing materials from Crowe’s house that collided with hers when the tunnel cloud landed.

Other buildings in the community were struck. The roof of a nearby cow pen was partially torn off.

Jonathan Singh, a villager, said he was inside and heard objects falling on his roof. Singh said when he looked outside he saw galvanized steel roofing sheets flying in the air along with branches.

He said after the cloud had passed, villagers collected the loose galvanized sheets and heaped them in a pile.