NEMO Updates on Relief Supplies to Disaster Areas By NEMO Information Unit Aug 23, 2007, 07:00 pm
Belmopan August 23, 2007 NEMO advises the public that included with the relief supplies sent to the Corozal District today were 717 five-gallon water containers along with dry food items and emergency power generators.
NEMO also informs that in the Corozal District there are eight shelters housing 180 persons. Additionally, food is being provided to those people who remain in their homes but are unable to access adequate food supplies.
Belize Electricity Limited continues to restore power to the affected areas. Their reports indicate that in San Pedro, 90% of the electrical supply has been restored. From Belize City to the southern-most part of the country, there are no power problems. In the Orange Walk District, 80% of power has been restored. BEL has assured NEMO that sometime this evening, the main transmission line to Corozal is expected to be connected. The first priority will be to restore power to the Northern Regional Hospital. Today six generators were also sent to Corozal including 250 gallons of Diesel to power those generators.
Five persons in Patchakan village were treated for diarrhea and ten in the village of Chunox. Five medical teams were assigned in the various zones of the disaster areas. These medical teams consist of one doctor, one public health nurse, one environmental health officer and one health educator.
Tomorrow, more boxes of relief supplies will be arriving in Belize, courtesy of UNICEF. Expected to arrive will be boxes of water containers, oral re hydration tablets and water purification tablets.
The relief effort continues on Friday when more disaster supplies will be sent to the stricken areas of the Corozal and Orange Walk Districts.
NEMO Advises on Voluntary Hurricane Assistance By NEMO Information Unit Aug 24, 2007, 12:00 pm
NEMO ADVISES ON HURRICANE ASSISTANCE AND VOLUNTARY WORK
Belmopan, 24th August 2007- Persons and groups interested in carrying out voluntary work to assist victims of Hurricane Dean are welcomed to participate in the relief and recovery efforts. To get further instructions on how you may best assist kindly contact the NEMO Headquarters at telephone number 822-2054.
While voluntary assistance is welcomed for the people of Northern Belize, NEMO advises those volunteer groups to take along their own food, water, medicine, sleeping gear and any other necessary items that will allow them to operate independently. The limited resources available to deliver efficient disaster relief cannot be burdened by those volunteer groups who are unable to operate independently in the disaster area.
Potable Water Services Restored to Corozal By NEMO Information Unit Aug 24, 2007, 01:00 pm
Friday, August 24, 2007 – The Belize Water Services (BWS) is pleased to announce that all our service zones in Corozal are now receiving water.
Some customers, especially those at higher elevations, may experience shortages or lower pressure especially at peak demand times until we have identified and repaired all major leaks and full electrical service is restored. Some individual customers may still be affected by broken service lines.
BWS has several crews on the ground working to find and repair broken lines in order to maintain full service to all customers. BWS is seeking the assistance of members of the public in Corozal to report ALL leaks, whether in customer service lines or transmission lines. BWS’ Corozal Office is open for business and can be reached temporarily at 422 3905. Customers may also telephone the Belize City office at either our toll free hotline 0-800-BWS-LEAK (i.e. 0-800-297-5325) or our regular office number 222-4757 to report any broken water lines.
This is the last periodic update as the water supply is now restored. The crews will continue repairing leaks and troubleshooting individual customer problems over the next few days, including the weekend.
We thank our customers in Corozal for their assistance and their patience and understanding during this critical time.
NEMO Update on Relief Efforts to Disaster Areas By NEMO Information Unit Aug 24, 2007, 07:00 pm
Belmopan August 24, 2007- NEMO hereby updates the public on its continued relief effort for the now declared “State of Emergency” disaster areas of the Corozal District and parts of the Orange Walk District.
Yesterday there were 180 registered persons temporarily residing in hurricane shelters. Today, however, the figure has risen to 207 persons who are being sheltered in Corozal at the community centers of Patchacan, Paraiso, Chan Chen and Carolina. Hot meals are being provided to all the sheltered persons. Additionally, NEMO has distributed 828 five- gallon containers of water along with 220 cases of sanitary supplies to these sheltered persons.
Today food packages were distributed to 5489 persons at their homes in the disaster area. This follows yesterday's distribution to 7,525 persons. Each food package contains supplies that are estimated to provide meals for seven days.
The food packages include rice, a container of chocolate powdered milk, sanitary paper, condensed milk, chicken sausages, clorox, white powdered milk, soda biscuits and shortening among other various items sent from NEMO’s two warehouses in Belmopan and Ladyville.
Additionally, the Belize Red Cross continues to make significant contributions that include but are not limited to food packages and clothing.
Two thousand sheets of metal roofing were also sent to assist the rebuilding process in the Corozal District
Two warehouses in the Corozal District, have been receiving relief supplies. These supplies are being transported through the assistance of the Belize Defense Force. Trucking assistance has also been given by the Spanish Lookout Community. The Ministry of Works is also involved in transportation operations.
British and American Medical teams have volunteered their assistance along with the local medical teams to educate affected persons on water treatment and also to provide any assistance as needed. A Cuban Team of 27 has also arrived today to aid in spraying activity for the prevention of vector borne diseases like malaria and dengue.
Today, UNICEF also responded to a Ministry of Health request and shipped the following items to Belize: 10,000 oral re hydration salts, 4,000 collapsible ten liter water containers and over 140,000 water purification tablets. A number of these items have already been shipped to the disaster areas.
Mexico is also sending four teams of individuals with electrical expertise and most recently Brazil has pledged 1,000 food baskets.
Situation in Belize after the passing of Hurricane Dean
1. Various of Corozal waterfront, south of Belize City 2. Various of buildings severely damaged by hurricane 3. Tracking shot of destruction 4. Various of fallen tin roofs on streets 5. Destruction on street 6. Various of flooding and damage on the border of Belize and Mexico 7. Wide of sign on the border reading: "Immigration Hall" 8. Wide of border checkpoint 9. Various of destruction and flooding at the main energy plant 10. Various of flooding and fallen trees in rural areas of Corozal 11. Wide of damaged shack in rural area
Belize's southern city of Corozal bore the brunt of Hurricane Dean on Tuesday.
In Corozal, just south of the Mexican border, Dean uprooted trees, blew roofs from homes and flooded streets.
Electricity was also out in most of Belize, but no deaths or major injuries were reported.
Across the country most businesses were closed on Tuesday. Meanwhile in Mexico, Hurricane Dean swept across the Yucatan peninsula on Tuesday, toppling trees, power lines and houses as it bore down on the heart of Mexico's oil industry.
At 2100 GMT, Dean had winds of 130 kph (80 mph) and was centred about 100 kilometres (60 miles) west-southwest of Campeche. It was moving west at 32 kph (20 mph), the National Hurricane Centre said.
Dean hit Mexico early on Tuesday along a sparsely populated coastline, well to the south of major resorts.
The storm struck the state capital of Chetumal, where residents spent a harrowing night with windows shattering and heavy water tanks flying off rooftops.
Dean was the third-most intense Atlantic hurricane to make landfall since record keeping began in the 1850s.
It had a minimum central pressure of 906 millibars, the third-lowest at landfall after the 1935 Labour Day hurricane in the Florida Keys and Hurricane Gilbert, which hit Cancun in 1988.
The deadliest storm to hit Latin America in modern times was 1998's Hurricane Mitch, which killed nearly 11-thousand people and left more than 8-thousand missing, most in Honduras and Nicaragua