Here's a message from Tony Rath. He flew over today and got these aerial pictures of the area. Lots of Monkey river Seine Bight, and Placencia, Luba Hati, Jaguar Reef, Mariposa, Indian Creek, Nautical, Kitty's, Hamanasi, Rum Point, Roberts Grove, San Antonio, San Jose, Serenity, Silver Creek, Turtle Inn, lots of vegetation and banana pictures.
Incredible work by Mr. Rath, as usual....
We did a rough over flight today with a digital video. Was able to pull
off a few images that work as stills. You can find them at http://www.belizenet.com/iris_fnl/
Sorry about the quality of the images (but that is what you get when you
only have connections and no talent ;> )
editorial comment: he's one of the VERY BEST photographers to ever shoot Belize, tho a modest one it appears.
Some quick notes:
1. The hurricane appeared to cut a very tight path, as at times you
could see completely downed trees, and not 20 yards away, trees with all
their leaves still standing tall.
2. The wind did not seem to cut a continuous swath, but appeared to form
rivers of destruction. This is very obvious in some of the vegetation
3. The hardest hit areas (which we already know) were Monkey River,
Placencia Village and the Mayan villages along the southern highway.
4. The severe damage appears to begin at Seine Bight and continues
through Monkey River. But some of the major resorts such as Robert's
Grove, Rumpoint and Kitty's appear to have weathered the storm well.
5. If you have other questions about the photos, please contact me at
We will be heading down early tomorrow morning to Placencia with a load
of supplies from Dangriga. We will head to the villages along the
Southern Highway the following day if we can organize supplies.
Hopefully we will be able to provide images (better quality) and more
first hand reports tomorrow night.
Tony Rath http://Belizenet.com/
Belize by Naturalite
[This message has been edited by Marty (edited 10-10-2001).]