Two killed as floods hit Trinidad

Two people have died and another two are missing in Trinidad after a tropical wave weather system lashed the eastern Caribbean with heavy rain and wind, authorities said.

The victims died after heavy rainfall unleashed floods and mudslides in Trinidad's western suburb of Diego Martin, relatives said.

The dead were identified as 66-year-old Solomon Britto and 31-year-old Everold Bentham.

Mr Bentham's sister, Liz Bentham, told reporters floodwater surged through their community early on Saturday and her mother and sister were able to leave the house.

She said Mr Bentham initially left with them but he returned to retrieve something from the house and died.

Prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar declared Diego Martin a disaster area and said the government has opened two shelters.

Meteorologists had warned of heavy rain this weekend associated with the tropical wave which is expected to dissipate after passing through the eastern Caribbean.

The US National Hurricane Centre said the tropical wave was east of Barbados and moving west at 25mph with winds of 35mph.

The hurricane centre cancelled a tropical storm watch for the eastern Caribbean late on Saturday morning.