Boulders kill boy, twin sisters hospitalised
One child died and two others are now hospitalised after several boulders fell on a house they were in on Friday night at Broadgate, St Mary.
The children were said to be watching television at their aunt's house. However, shortly after she stepped out, three boulders rolled down the hillside and smashed into the house, killing 12-year-old Raheem Davey and hospitalising eight-year-old twin sisters Shanelle and Janelle Brown. One of the girls is said to be in critical condition, unable to breathe on her own, while her sister is in stable condition.
One of the boulders also partially damaged a neighbouring house.
"It's a tragic situation, unforeseen and unfortunate. We understand the plight of the family and have visited them. The local government authorities are aware, we are providing assistance and making further steps to address the situation," councillor for the Castleton division, Lenford Danvers, told The Sunday Gleaner.
He noted that it was a hilly area and that stones tend to roll down occasionally. Danvers also shared that during the drought period, there were several fires in the area. Added to that, it is believed that the recent continuous rainfall, which saturated the hillside, could have been a contributing factor.
"We cannot really say what was the cause, but we think that the recent heavy rainfall may have had something to do with it. A geotechnical survey will have to be done to really make that determination," he added.