4,000 homes damaged, 11,000 thousand homeless
Thursday, October 11, 2001

Relief efforts in the Stann Creek and Toledo districts continued to
expand today as floodwaters recede on the Southern Highway and large
amounts of supplies mobilised for distribution to stricken areas.
Updated damage assessments by NEMO indicate that over four thousand
houses were destroyed or significantly damaged with just under eleven
thousand people left homeless. In addition to the twenty people who
perished aboard the Wave Dancer, NEMO reports that two Canadians remain
missing from Monkey River, while six Belizeans remain unaccounted for
after their house was washed into the Trio River. Over the three day
weekend Prime Minister Said Musa and Ministers Fonseca and Bradley will
host the Ambassadors of the U.S.A., Mexico, Great Britain and Taiwan on
a tour of the disaster area.

And what those gentlemen will see will not be pretty. News 5 viewers are
already familiar with the destruction on the Placencia Peninsula and
tonight we are fortunate to bring you some clips of the situation
further inland. Roxanna Cal of Indian Creek Village used her home video
camera to document the situation in Indian Creek and surrounding
villages along the Southern Highway. What follows is a glimpse--through
her eyes--of life after Hurricane Iris.

Roxanna Cal
"Everybody here is homeless and they're trying to find help."

Citizen #1
"This is the food distribution corner. We receive all contributions here
and we're also sharing out food here. The way we are distributing the
food is that we're giving two pounds of rice, two pounds of flour to
every family. The ones that are staying here...the women get together
and they're cooking all the food together, so we would give them in
bulk. The problem here is reaching out to those families who are not
here and have no access to come out from their corner. We have some
families who are very isolated and we're trying to reach out to those
families and yes, it is working for right now. the entire community of
Big Falls and Hicatee and the leaders especially are working together
and doing a very, very good job so far."

Citizen #2
"This is the way of life we have here for right now. This is our stove,
we have no other way to get our food cook, except this way. This is the
kitchen, this is the comal and this is the pot."

Roxanna Cal
"And that's the only source that the entire village is using for

Citizen #2
"Yes, for today and this period of time."

Citizen #3
"This rice mill pump in Big Falls, now is in need of repairing. That
will affect in the future the conditions of crops. This is the heart of
Toledo where they concentrate all the rice."

Citizen #4
"This is the community, Hicatee that we were just talking about a while
ago. This is the damage that we see from the hurricane. The damage to
our corn mill that we just started. This is the fifteenth corn mill
project that was provided by the Government and this is where we need a
lot of assistance, in the building and also the damage from the machine
and the mill itself."

Roxanna Cal
"This is the people from Indian Creek Village. They are trying to make
plans. This is the community centre partially destroyed by the
hurricane. As you can see, everybody is in need right now. everybody
needs help, everybody needs support. They don't have no homes, but they
have hopes to build and continue. That's an iguana trying to find a new
home. Everybody is suffering from this disaster."

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