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Re: Media Coverage #6580
10/05/00 12:16 AM
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Please, EVERYONE, read this news story about Hurricane Keith:
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20001004/ts/weather_storms_dc_30.html

It is dated today, and it says only one death in ALL of Belize. I am concerned, however, that it doesn't mention anything about the many people who are still missing. The population of Belize is 250,000 and that doesn't include the many tourists who were also there during the storm. Is it really possible that only one person was killed by such a devastating storm? I sincerely hope that when this whole thing is over, and everyone is found the final number will be just one.

By the way, I do not want anyone to forget that the one life which we know has been lost in Belize was precious, and numbers mean nothing to her loved ones right now. Please keep her family in your prayers.

I am fully aware of the importance of tourism to the economy of Belize, but I don't want ANYTHING or ANYONE to stand in the way of getting answers for those poor souls who are still waiting to receive word that their loved ones have been found and are safe! Please keep us all posted on details of the search for those who are still missing.

THANK YOU!

Re: Media Coverage #6581
10/05/00 07:41 AM
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Still nothing mentionned in Canada (East Coast), but they do talk about hurricane... in Miami ! I am so upset !...

Re: Media Coverage #6582
10/05/00 09:58 AM
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I watch the local FOX news in Orlando last night, and they mentioned Keith only to tell that he's still out there, and that Texas might get some rain from him.

AND, I watched the ABC world news that's on in the middle of the night, and they did not show one picture of damage or mention anything about death tolls or loss of property.

Unless the media starts showing video, and talking about the loss of life, missing people and loss of homes and property, we are unlikely going to get enough supplies and volunteers to help all of Keith's victims.

PLEASE KEEP HOUNDING THE MEDIA! I have a feeling something may break in this area by tomorrow. Something really big, and I know it will help in getting supplies and volunteers. Has every looked at these two sites yet?

Photos: http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news?p=Belize&c=news_photos&n=20

Stories: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20001004/ts/weather_storms_dc_30.html

In my opinion, Yahoo! has covered the story better than any TV or radio station I've seen or heard.

I want the FULL story on TV!!!! So everyone will know what's REALLY going on!

Please keep posting your media info here.

Thanks!

Re: Media Coverage #6583
10/05/00 10:06 AM
10/05/00 10:06 AM
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Still nothing on TV or newspaper up here in Pensacola, Helen. It is as if it never happened. I know for a fact that a lot of people from this area have been to AC but they can't help if they don't know there is a need for help. Getting very angry at our media in this country!!!!!

Re: Media Coverage #6584
10/05/00 10:18 AM
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Me too, I also live in hurricane country (NC) and there has been nothing on the news. There was more info on the weather channel! I saw one little blurb buried in the paper, and half the info was wrong. I think my favorite was the guy who couldn't figure out how to pronounce Chetumal or Corozol, so he just pointed at their names.

Re: Media Coverage #6585
10/05/00 05:13 PM
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Hooray,
we finally made a 30 second blurb on channel 11 here in Houston, last night on the 10 pm news.It did look like they had pics of Ambergris Caye. Wonder where they got them. Have called and hounded every station in town and they all act like, "Hurricane Where? Belize Who?"

Re: Media Coverage #6586
10/05/00 06:24 PM
10/05/00 06:24 PM

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When the hurricane was pounding Ambergris Caye, I called my local ABC station and asked if they were going to cover Keith. There answer, the director of the news told me that they would not unless if affected Texas! Yikes! It seems that Mitch got more coverage. Donations were just pouring in, hey people I knew that never gave anything were giving donations for Honduras. I am afraid with the lack of coverage will mean less donations. I often wonder how much this has to do with it being so close to a presidental election? It seems everytime I turn around, they always have something on the news about that ~ Debate, polls, ect. That seems all the media is consumed with these days. Don't get me wrong, election is important but something of the magnitude that Keith was and did should get respect and be covered.

Re: Media Coverage #6587
10/05/00 06:28 PM
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From MSNBC:

DAMAGE IN BELIZE
The worst-hit areas were the Belizean tourist islands of Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye, as well as the north of Belize, a former British colony nestled between Guatemala and Mexico.
In the tourist resort San Pedro, the streets are littered with the remains of homes, snapped telephone poles and torn electricity cables.
“This has been the worst storm of my life,” said Miesge Province, originally from Colorado Springs in the United States but who has been in San Pedro for 15 years, where she and her husband own a restaurant.
“We’re lucky, because there are people who have lost everything,” Province said.
Patrick Jones, Belize’s chief communications officer, told Reuters that the damage from Keith was estimated at $200 million — almost half the banana- and sugar-exporting nation’s $450 million gross domestic product.
Ambergris Caye, an upscale tourist resort island 30 miles north of Belize City, and Caye Caulker, favored by low-budget travelers, stood in the eyewall of Keith for 24 hours.
One U.S. tourist drowned while catamaraning during the storm, and two Belizeans were missing. The U.S. Coast Guard found the body of a U.S. woman off the coast after her yacht capsized, and it was searching for three other missing mariners. In Nicaragua, flooding killed at least 12 people.
Joseph Schultz, a member of a seven-person U.S. Agency for International Development disaster assessment team, said the hurricane affected about 90 percent of the buildings on Ambergris Caye.
All power lines were down. “Current estimates don’t expect electricity to be restored for a month,” Schultz said in a report Thursday after the USAID team carried out an aerial reconnaissance flight by helicopter over the island.
The island’s beaches, fringed by one of the world’s largest living coral reefs and considered prime scuba-diving territory, were strewn with driftwood, soggy shoes and bottles.
Belize called a dusk-to-dawn curfew to prevent looting and declared parts of the country of 250,000 people disaster areas.

HIT MANY TIMES BEFORE
Belize, a strip of land wedged between Mexico and Guatemala known as British Honduras until independence in 1981, is home to 250,000 English- and Spanish-speaking inhabitants of mostly Afro-Caribbean, Asian or Maya Indian descent.
Belize’s history has been scarred by hurricanes, including a powerful storm in 1961 that resulted in the capital’s being moved from Belize City to Belmopan.
In Nicaragua, where officials recalled the devastating passage in 1998 of Hurricane Mitch, which killed 10,000 in Central America, authorities declared a state of emergency.

Re: Media Coverage #6588
10/05/00 06:57 PM
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Excellent news coverage of the releif effort being coordinated by a christian releif group here in Houston, on KTRK TV (ABC) at 18:10 this evening.

The news coverage dealt with the group's LONG TERM comittment of releif help to Beleize, showed their initial first response efforts being loaded up (pallets of bottled water, food, shelter supplies, etc.) and their intention to stay in Beleize 3-5 years as the situation warrants, to assist the citizens in a lasting recovery from this disaster.

I hope the word of this effort can give all those wonderful friends I've met there over the years the encouragement to hang in there- it's slow trickling in right now- but there's a big wave of help coming. My thoughts are with you all.

Mel's friend, Larry

Re: Media Coverage #6589
10/06/00 04:58 PM
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Please keep posting updated information on media cover here.

Thanks!

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