Flood warning lifted in Belize as hurricane relief continues

BELMOPAN, Belize, August 31, 2007 – Recovering from the impact of Hurricane Dean, Belize has had to cope with flash flooding in some sections as a result of a tropical wave which passed Wednesday.

The wave dumped as much a nine inches in a few hours in some sections of the country causing rivers to rise.

The National Meteorological Service said improvement in the weather is underway and river levels are expected to drop.

Meantime the National Emergency Management Organisation said that relief efforts to the hurricane-affected northern districts of Corozal and Orange Walk continue.

The majority of people who were in emergency shelters have returned home. In Corozal District only 56 people remain in shelters while an additional three families took shelter from the heavy rains and flooding on Wednesday.

An additional shipment of metal roofing, galvanized and roofing nails, clothing, bed sheets and blankets are scheduled to arrive Friday in Corozal.

“These items will meet the additional requests by affected residents and will ensure an uninterrupted supply to those who need them most,” NEMO said.

Thursday, the Belize Telemedia Limited reported that they completed all repairs to community telephones and cell sites in the affected area. What remains are “a few secondary repairs” in Sarteneja, San Narciso, San Joaquin and parts of Corozal Town.

NEMO said many local and foreign medical teams are working in the villages of Northern Belize to monitor and prevent any health risks.

The Belize Medical Associates said it was sending a team of doctors this weekend to Chunox and Copper Bank and another team to San Narciso and Louisville.

NEMO has appealed to the public to continue donating items such as baby and children’s clothing, baby diapers, baby formula, construction nails, construction lumber, hammers and other hardware items commonly used in construction and home repair.