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#11867 - 10/10/01 05:05 PM Synopsis of conditions around Belize
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AMBERGRIS CAYE

Hurricane Iris never became more than an inconvenient event in Ambergris Caye. Unable to project exactly where Iris would fall within the next 48 hours, all San Pedranos prepared for the hurricane by securing their buildings and heading inland for safety.

On October 9th, San Pedranos are returning to the island and reopening their businesses. They felt little more than moderate rain and choppy seas. No personal injuries or property damage have been reported. Businesses, resorts, and tour operators are fully operational.

Banana Beach on Southern Ambergris reports that several guests are scheduled to arrive this evening. Sunbreeze Hotel in San Pedro Town and Captain Morgan's Retreat on Northern Ambergris report that some debris was washed ashore and nothing else is out of the ordinary. So come on down! Ambergris Caye continues to offer the same great beach, bright sunshine, fishing, diving, snorkeling, kayaking and laid back lifestyle.

The following resorts have contributed to the above report:
Captain Morgan's Retreat - belizevacation@yahoo.com
Banana Beach - bananas@btl.net
Sunbreeze Hotel - sunbreeze@btl.net

OUTER ATOLLS
The three atolls, Turneffe, Glover's Reef and Lighthouse Reef, were all evacuated for the storm.

Turneffe Atoll

Owners of one resort on this atoll say they had minimal damage to the dock which are already being repaired. Things are in fact back to normal and they say they are ready to accommodate their next scheduled guests.

Lighthouse Reef Atoll

No major damage expected but check back here for updates.

Glover's Reef Atoll

Glover's Reef is located in southern Belize and Iris passed several miles south of these islands. Status reports are expected by Wednesday.

Information for this report was provided by the following:

Turneffe Island Lodge - info@turneffelodge.com


BELIZE DISTRICT
The Belize district, some areas of which had been evacuated yesterday, was left unscathed in the wake of the hurricane. As it became apparent that Belize was not in Iris’s path, some evacuees from the outer cayes, took shelter in the hotels. Last night there were reports of a little rain and high tides.

By daybreak, however, everything had started to return to normal. Hotels in Belize City are fully functional. All highways are accessible with no reports of flooding. The International Airport is operating as normal. Hotels are reporting a return to normal occupancy and are ready to take your booking. Spanish Caye, located 10 miles East-South East of Belize, states that their cabañas, which were constructed over the sea, received no structural damages. Rural areas of the district report that the rivers, that rose immediately following the passing of the storm, have now leveled off and are expected to recede within the next few days.

Information for this report was provided by the following:

Belize Biltmore Plaza - biltmore@btl.net
Radisson Fort George Hotel - rdfgh@btl.net
Great House Inn - greathouse@btl.net
Birds Eye View Lodge - birdseye@btl.net
Belize River Lodge - info@belizeriverlodge.com

CAYE CAULKER

project exactly where Iris would fall within the next 48 hours, all the residents of Caye Caulker prepared for the hurricane by securing their buildings and heading inland for safety.

The residents are returning to the island and preparing for business as normal.

The following resorts have contributed to the above report:
Star Tours - startours@btl.net


CAYO DISTRICT

The Cayo District is back to normal, as Iris left them unscathed. In fact, many people from the coast were evacuated here for shelter because of its high mountaneous terrain. Most resorts were fully functional during the storm and catered to many people.


This western part of the country experienced little winds and moderate rainfall. There are no reports of any serious injuries or damages. Electricity, water, and telephone services were available throughout the duration of Iris's visit. Resorts in different areas of Cayo say that they are open for business and extend a warm welcome to all visitors.


Information for the report was contributed by:


Blancaneaux Lodge - blodge@btl.net
Pook's Hill - pookshill@btl.net
Hidden Valley Inn - info@hiddenvalley.com
Windy Hills Resort - windyhill@btl.net
San Ignacio Hotel - sanighot@btl.net

COROZAL DISTRICT

Hurricane Iris left Corozal virtually untouched. They experienced very little rain, a few gusts of wind, and nothing more. Businesses were fully operational throughout the storm. Corozal was a safe refuge for many guests during Iris. Corozal invites you to come visit with them to discover the hidden beauty of their nature, history, and culture.


Information provided by the following:


Tony's Inn - tonys@btl.net
Hotel Maya - stay@hotelmaya.com
Casablanca by the Sea - info@casablanca-bythesea.com


ORANGE WALK DISTRICT



The Orange Walk District which is located on the North Western part of Belize suffered no effects during Hurricane Iris.

Several resorts in different areas of the district all say that Hurricance Iris did not damage their facilities, thus they are open to serve visitors as usual.


Lamanai Outpost Lodge - lamanai@btl.net
D*Victoria Hotel - dvictoria@btl.net
Chan Chich Lodge - chanchich@btl.net


STANN CREEK DISTRICT
(including Placencia)



DANGRIGA, HOPKINS, SITTEE RIVER
The arrival of Hurricane Iris to southern Belize caused some evacuation of our Culture Capital 'Dangriga.' as well as the coastal village of Hopkins. HOWEVER, the storm passed further south and there was no damage. All roads leading to Dangriga, Hopkins and Sittee River are accessible, flights are back on schedule, resorts are fully operational and look forward to your visit.

SOUTH WATER CAYE, TOBACCO CAYE
Reports state that there were high tides across the islands which left debris and minor damage to docks, however they should be operational by week's end.

PLACENCIA
Placencia peninsula was evacuated completely before the arrival of IRIS and villagers and resort owners returned on Tuesday. There has been considerable damage to many structures but no loss of life reported on the peninsula. A full assessment is underway. Please check back here for regular updates.

Information for this report was provided by:
DANGRIGA
Pelican Beach Resort - sales@pelicanbeachbelize.com
Pals Guest House - palbze@btl.net


HOPKINS
Jaguar Reef Lodge - jaguarreef@aotws.com
Hamanasi Resort - hamanasi@bellsouth.net
Lillpat Resort - lillpat@btl.net

TOLEDO DISTRICT

The people of Punta Gorda Town in the Toledo District are very grateful that they were spared by Hurricane Iris. In fact, during the night it was difficult to tell that a Category 4 hurricane was so close. Though the town experienced strong gusts of wind, heavy rains, and choppy seas, damage in town was very minimal. There was a little water on the street but no major flooding. The power outage which lasted for about five hours during the night is now fully restored.

Everyone in the town is reorganizing themselves after all the preparation for Iris. Businesses are open and services are operational.

Smaller towns and villages north of Punta Gorda were not as fortunate. Independence, Big Falls, Monkey River Town, and several Mayan villages bore the brunt of IRIS. The majority of thatch homes were lost in these areas. No deaths have been reported so far. Citizens countrywide are pulling together to supply relief efforts to these people. An assessment of the area is currently underway.

Information for this report was contributed by:


Tates Guest House - teach@btl.net
Requenas Charter Services - watertaxi@btl.net
Toledo Institue for Development and the Environment - tidetours@btl.net
Sea Hunt Adventures - seahunt@btl.net

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#11868 - 10/10/01 05:14 PM Re: Synopsis of conditions around Belize
Jane Offline
Marty,

This came directly from the belizeemergency.net site didn't it?

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#11869 - 10/10/01 05:22 PM Re: Synopsis of conditions around Belize
Marty Offline
do not know, it was sent to me from someone i trust.

we get info from wherever we can, and try to get it so folks can find out as much as they can as easily as they can.

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#11870 - 10/10/01 09:16 PM Re: Synopsis of conditions around Belize
Marty Offline
red cross report

Relief Comes to Hurricane-Battered Belize
Written by Stephanie Kriner, Staff Writer, RedCross.org


October 10, 2001 — Estimates for the death toll from Hurricane Iris — the year's most violent Atlantic storm — have risen to at least 25. The Category 4 hurricane roared onto the southern Belize coast the morning of October 8 with wind speeds up to 140 mph and waves kicking up to 18 feet above normal.


At least 17 American scuba divers lost their lives after the tourist boat M.V. Wave Dancer capsized during the storm. Most of the Americans on board were part of a Richmond, Va., scuba diving club. They were staying on the boat because all hotels in nearby Belize City had been evacuated. The Greater Richmond Chapter of the American Red Cross is providing mental health services for the families of those lost on the dive boat.


The hurricane tore through 80 villages, destroying banana plantations, ripping off roofs, smashing homes and leaving at least 13,000 people homeless, according to the Associated Press. In Guatemala, the storm damaged at least 530 homes.

At least 17 American scuba divers from a Richmond, Va., dive club lost their lives after the tourist boat M.V. Wave Dancer capsized during the storm.

Iris lost strength Tuesday after making landfall in Belize, with winds dropping from 140 mph to 80 mph. The compact storm weakened rapidly, turning into a tropical storm later Tuesday and becoming no more than a low-pressure weather system after blowing into the Guatemala Mountains.


While some areas remain cut off from communication, Red Cross relief workers and government officials have begun assessing the damages. Some of the reports have been devastating. Early reports from Placencia, a tourist resort and fishing village, indicate that 80 percent of the houses were lost. Seine Bright lost 90 percent of its buildings. In the village of San Marcos, only three homes out of 100 remain standing. Many other villages have lost all or almost all of their homes and buildings.


Grocery storeowner Elizabeth Zabaneh in Independence told the Associated Press that the hurricane had leveled a football stadium and collapsed the only hotel in town. "There's so much damage here I can't begin to explain it," she said.


"There are telephone polls in the streets. Bananas that were in containers on the docks are everywhere, all crushed. Seventy percent of the buildings don't have roofs. There are collapsed buildings and flattened cars."


The Belize Red Cross has launched a national appeal for cash, clothing and food to assist the homeless. The national society is handing out plastic raincoats, blankets and kitchen kits. The American Red Cross has sent an International Response Team to assist the local society and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in setting up a relief operation.

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#11871 - 10/11/01 11:39 PM Re: Synopsis of conditions around Belize
Marty Offline
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