Thursday 13 August, 2020

Nicki Minaj and Fay Ann Lyons hold talks to help flood victims

International rap icon, Nicki Minaj, has pledged to help the thousands affected by flooding in Trinidad and Tobago.

Minaj, 35, was born in Trinidad and Tobago as Onika Maraj.

Beginning last Thursday, heavy rainfall caused devastation across the twin-island with water rising to deadly levels. Residents were trapped in their homes across parts of East, Central and South West Trinidad as well as Tobago. Many were saved by good Samaritans and others by members of the national security services. Those who could not be reached due to high currents were forced to seek refuge by holding onto beams in their homes or climbing to the top of their roofs. As a result of the flood, families lost everything.

Photo caption: A family seeks shelter on the roof of their St Helena home amidst rising flood waters 

Soon after learning about the disaster, Minaj expressed sympathy to the citizens of her home country.

Taking to Twitter on Tuesday evening, Minaj said she was working alongside local soca sensation, Fay Ann Lyons, to render assistance.

"Trinidad, I am working on getting many different resources to you now. Fay-Ann & I have been communicating non-stop. I will let you know exactly who I’m donating the funds to & hope to be with you very soon. I Love you. We will get through this."

In an Instagram post, Fay Ann thanked Minaj for her genuine concern and help. She said she and husband, Soca Artiste Bunji Garlin, are working behind the scenes, meeting with affected parties.

"Thank you @nickiminaj for the deep concern for your fellow Trinis. We know your love for home is real and you staying in contact daily shows it. We are definitely appreciating your generosity. We had a great walkabout today, and both @bunjigarlin and I are 100 percent with you. #Queen #Trinidad."


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