Damages for Hurricane Keith
Belize Development Trust/Hurricane Net Monday 9 a.m. EST.
There have been so far, no casualities reported from Ambergris Caye. The West side of the island was flooded up to 8 to 10 ft and second stories. The southern part of the island from Victoria House south, probably also flooded. But the main part of the town is on bedrock limestone shelf, a part of the Yucatan Peninsular and 12 feet above sea level. So there is no real reason why anyone had to stay in a flooded area.
Caye Caulker is out of touch still, but we are expecting injuries and deaths in this small town. We can hope not, but it is most probable!
Hopefully, the politicians are marshalling mainland resources. The Belize Defense Force reconstruction teams of soldiers, tools and necesseties, bringing in nurses from the Toledo and Stann Creek District for the emergency, a doctor or two, and supplies to go to Caye Caulker soon as the weather permits travel.
Presumably a first team of BDF soldiers will go out and clear the airstrip of debris so personel and supplies can be airlifted in, soon as the weather gives a break.
If they haven't done it yet, they better get all this stuff done and sitting by on stand-bye on the mainland, to move out as the weather breaks. It will probably be necessary to charter water taxis and skiffs and boats in the mainland Belize City for transport of personel and relief supplies. There is no reason why Belize cannot solve it's own problems. There is nothing here that cannot be done with the human resources within Belize.
Presumably the expense of this operation will eventually be written off as a poverty exercise from some Foreign Loan. So let's do it right from the beginning, with accountants, bean counters and statistics, as well as people in the field. Hopefully, we will see good rescue and reconstruction leadership from that port town crowd. They sure didn't do a damn thing after Hurricane Fifi.
NEMO seems to be doing a good job. NEMO is the Hurricane Preparedness Committee. So far, as the reports and actions coming in, they really had their stuff and decision making apparatus together. While some may not have agreed with all the CALLS made, they still are organized and had contingency plans and followed through. I'm proud of how they are working as a team.
Nothing in the past media though, speaks of rescue and reconstruction plan preparation and that definitely should be moving into high gear preparations today, ready to go, at the drop of the weather. Caye Caulker, Caye Chapel, San Pedro and Sarteneja will be the targets so far. Of them all, Caye Caulker will be the worst damaged area.