Every village in the areas affected by Hurricane Dean has a story and today the Chairman of Chunox Village came to Belize City to tell his. Marcello Mesh says there are 17 hundred people in his village and Hurricane Dean wiped out their crops. Now, they are without basic necessities such as food and water.
Marcello Mesh, Chairman – Chunox Village
“The plantations and everything got destroyed there in the village and right now we are trying to get some help.”
Keith Swift,
What crops are destroyed?
Marcello Mesh,
“We have plantain and cane and some sweet potatoes, papayas, all that is destroyed.”
Keith Swift,
About how many people live in Chunox?
Marcello Mesh,
“About 1,700.”
Keith Swift,
Do you have the basic items like food and water? Are people getting those?
Marcello Mesh,
“Well just yesterday we got a little bit. Its not too much so we came to Belize City to see if we could get a little help so we can continue.”
Keith Swift,
What’s the greatest need in your village right now? What do people need the most?
Marcello Mesh,
“Well the most is water and some more food because it is done already. We just got like four pounds of flour yesterday for every family and that’s too little for the families there.”
Keith Swift,
That is the only thing you’ve gotten from NEMO?
Marcello Mesh,
“Yes that’s the only help. We are also getting some medicine too because new have a lot of sick people there who have diarrhea and fever, headaches. We have the soldiers helping us too with some doctors.”
Chunox is one of the more remote villages in Corozal, located on the Sarteneja Road.