The residents of Crique Jute village in Toledo are still shaken after a freak storm hit yesterday afternoon around 3:30. The storm ripped off roofs and struck down trees. It lasted for about half and hour but for these residents who have never experienced anything like this before, it felt like forever. Here is more from the residents.
Lawrence Bolon - Chairman, Crique Jute Village "About 3:30 there was a freak storm here in Crique Jute Village including the hail falling down and the wind was about 30 to 40 miles per hour. As you will note, there are some tress that fell on the ground, big trees and it was a really strong wind and we didn't expect it."
Reporter "Any damages to homes and farms?"
Lawrence Bolon - Chairman, Crique Jute Village "There are about 3 homes that were damaged. As you note on the way, there's a shop, the roof completely flew off."
Dorina Lara - Resident "We didn't expect that this will happen to us. This is the first ever in this village. We are surprised to see this damage. It's really damaged for the people."
Reporter "We understand that a lady was a here at the creek with you."
Dorina Lara - Resident "Yes, she is alone by the creek and one of the brother came for her and that's how she reached home."
NEMO officials are on the ground in relief effort mode.
On Tuesday, a freak storm hit Crique Jute (hoo-te) Village in southern Belize around three-thirty in the afternoon. It was approximately thirty minutes of hail and what residents say were winds of about thirty to forty miles per hour. Huge trees were taken down blocking pathways to houses and destroying several farms in the village, located eighteen miles from Punta Gorda. At least three houses and a shop were damaged by the storm and representatives from the PG branch of NEMO have been on the ground assisting the residents who were affected. The intensity of the storm was a first experience for the villagers who are trying literally to put the pieces back together.
Lawrence Bolon, Chairman, Crique Jute Village
“As you will note, there were some trees that fell on the ground, big trees. And it was really, really a strong wind and we never expected it.”
“Were there any damages to homes and farms?”
“There are about three homes that were damaged. As you note on the way, there is a shop with the roof completely fly off. So they are trying to get all the content of the shop and store it in a safe location. And there are other homes, for example that one over there. NEMO is presently on the ground and they are assisting in any way possible in the meanwhile to see how some families can get their lives back together.”
Dorina Lara, Resident, Crique Jute Village
“We surprise to see this damage and it is really damage for the Crique Jute village.”
“We understand that a lady was here at the creek washing?”
“Yes, she is alone right here by the creek and one of my brothers come get she and that’s how she reach home.”
“How long did the storm last?”
“I think it’s about half hour and there were damages to the trees and some houses and some lee chicks dehn get wet up. Plantation gone and all my mom bed all the sponge are wet inside.”