Situation Report No. 8 Belize - Mexico - "Kei
Posted by OCHA on Oct-11-00 9:50pm from 188.8.131.52
OCHA Situation Report No. 8
Belize - Mexico - Hurricane "Keith"
11 October 2000
1. The UNDP sub-Office in Belize reports that extensive flooding
continues, with floodwaters rising in areas along the rivers in the Orange
Walk and Corozal districts and subside slowly in the upstream villages of
the Belize district. Some access roads villages are under up to 6-7 feet
of water and villages have been completely cut off. The largest immediate
and long term concern now is for those in flooded areas where water should
remain for weeks due to the low lands and poor drainage. Transportation is
restricted except by boat in some areas and evacuation from villages in
affected areas continue. The state of emergency continues nation-wide.
The dusk to dawn curfew continues only for the islands of San Pedro and
2. A consolidated needs and damage assessment is expected until the end
of the week. Latest reports indicate:
- Road and bridge infrastructures - The Western highway still has a few
inches of water in one section but is open to almost all traffic. However,
the flood-waters on the Northern highway are rising with over two feet
reported in some areas just before Orange Walk Town going northwards.
- Agriculture - Damage to domestic and export crops is still increasing
and will have long lasting effects.
- Tourism - While damage assessment to the tourism sector continues,
rehabilitation/reconstruction activities have already begun.
- Health- The threat of diseases related to dead animals, contaminated
water and food is very high. Reports of sanitation-related diseases such
as skin infections, diarrhea and food poisoning are on the increase. A
major preventative health campaign has begun.
3. The Government of Belize issued a preliminary list of emergency
supplies, which includes, inter alia, building materials, electric
generators, food and clean water. This list is available at OCHA Internet
Website at http://www.reliefweb.int
and a hard copy may be provided by
OCHA upon request.
4. Medical needs are being assessed by the Pan-American Health
Organization (PAHO/WHO) Office in Belize. Questions related to the
existing medical needs can be addressed to the PAHO/WHO Office in
Belmopan, Belize: telephone number: 501-2-44885 and fax number:
5. According to the National Management Emergency Organization (NEMO),
donors interested in making cash contributions for this emergency can do
it through "Hurricane Keith Relief Fund" accounts, set up by all Belize
6. The UN Emergency Disaster Management Team continues to coordinate the
UN response from the UN House in the capital, Belmopan.
7. The World Food Program (WFP) adviser from the WFP regional office in
Nicaragua will be presenting his report and recommendations soon. PAHO/WHO
continues to work closely with the Health Committee of NEMO. The report
from broader (PAHO) rapid needs assessment is presently being prepared.
8. The two SUMA trainers and local trainees have set up the management
system for international assistance. The system should begin to produce
useful information early this week.
Contributions reported to OCHA
9. A list of cash and in kind contributions reported to OCHA, as of 11
October 2000, is attached to the present situation report.
10. OCHA is prepared to serve as channel for cash contributions to be
used for immediate relief assistance, in coordination/consultation with
relevant organizations in the United Nations system. Funds should be
transferred to OCHA account No. CO-590.160.0, Swift code: UBSWCHZ12A at
the UBS AG, P.O. Box 2770, CH-1211 Geneva 2, with reference: OCHA - Belize
- Hurricane "Keith". OCHA provides donors with written confirmation and
pertinent details concerning the utilization of the funds contributed.
11. For coordination purposes, donors are requested to inform OCHA
Geneva, as indicated below, on relief missions/pledges/contributions and
their corresponding values by item.
12. Any future updates on contributions to this disaster may be found by
clicking on Financial Tracking at the top of the page for this disaster on
the OCHA Internet Website (http://www.reliefweb.int
). Donors are requested
to verify this table and inform OCHA Geneva of
corrections/additions/values. Donors are encouraged to notify OCHA Geneva
of their contributions to this disaster using the OCHA Standardized
Contributions Recording Format, available electronically in the above
mentioned Financial Tracking Website.
13. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing
emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at http://www.reliefweb.int
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