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Aug 5, 2016

Relief Efforts in the City

The Belize City Council has embarked on a massive cleanup campaign of the Old capital. Agencies such as the Red Cross are joining in the effort, giving a helping hand to persons still at shelters. Food and water are at the top of list. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

In the aftermath of Hurricane Earl, the National Emergency Management Organization and its partner agencies, have been going around assessing the damage to houses and the needs of those affected by the category one storm.


Darrell Bradley

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“From early this morning, we had personnel from DANA, which is the Damage  Assessment and Needs Analysis Committee of NEMO going around Belize City, together with a representative from CEMO, Mister Troy Smith. And they have already furnished a preliminary report in relation to what they are doing on the street. Now that will inform the sanitation efforts that need to happen within Belize City.”


Liannie Arthurs, Director, Department of Human Services

“We have teams that are going out in communities in Belize City and also to the shelters in order to do the assessments of what are the priority needs in order to bring people to stabilization. Currently we have seven shelters that are still opened with people and so we are trying to determine what damages have happened to their homes; what will be needed for them to reintegrate or is it that we will need to look at short term plans in order to help them to stabilize until the reconstruction or a redesignation of their homes is decided.”


Department of Human Services Director, Liannie Arthurs has been acting as the coordinator for the relief and supplies committee of NEMO, in response to the hurricane. Over one thousand persons sought refuge at the elven shelters that were opened across the north and south side of Belize City.  Although the storm has passed, almost two hundred have been unable to return to their homes.


Liannie Arthurs

“When we initiated following the storm, we were serving about four hundred and sixteen people across the shelters. And each day that number has been dwindling as people try to look at how they can go home and begin recovery efforts. So currently there are about a hundred and seventy-five persons currently in the shelters right now.”


Along with Red Cross and other humanitarian agencies, residents at the shelters as well as others affected across the Belize District will receiving basic immediate assistance such as food and water. Arthurs spoke about the requests being made.


Liannie Arthurs

Liannie Arthurs

“RSMC looks at the basic urgent needs now. So basically what the teams are finding right now, people are saying I need water right now. Right now I need tarps because I need to be able to cover my roofs. They are saying household items; a few are saying food, but the the major thing seems to be water, mattress, household items. So it seems that a lot fot he damage was not necessarily from water but because of the wind that caused a lot of damage to the house. So they are needing those types of immediate needs.”


The reports will be submitted to NEMO and then the government will determine the beneficiaries. Duane Moody for News Five.

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