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Sep 2, 2016

Mexico Chips in With Hurricane Earl Donations

Carlos Quesnel Melendez

It’s been exactly one month since Hurricane Earl hit south of Belize City and swept through Belize and Mexico. While there were no casualties in Belize, in Mexico up to fifty persons perished due to the storm and thousand were affected.  Today, a donation of fifty thousand U.S. dollars for hurricane relief was handed over to the Belize Red Cross by Mexican Ambassador to Belize, Carlos Quesnel Melendez. The Mexican government and its private sector joined efforts to provide the much needed assistance to those affected by the category one hurricane, including water tanks and several cases of bottled waters. Ambassador Quesnel says that the donation reaffirms the excellent relations between both countries.

 

Carlos Quesnel Melendez, Mexican Ambassador to Belize

“The Mexican government is granting fifty thousand U.S. dollars to the Red Cross through the International Red Cross Federation in Geneva. We are pleased that we are able to do that even though we have gone, ourselves in Mexico, with very big effects and damages and even casualties of lives in Mexico after the Hurricane Earl. The private sector also has participated and yesterday NEMO received ten water tanks of twenty-five hundred liters each one, which means six hundred and sixty gallons and they are already at the facility in Orange Walk to be distributed to the different health centers by the Ministry of Health. We want to recognize the company ROTOPLAS and Distribuidora Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma that helped with the transportation of this material and the Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma is also donating twenty-four hundred bottles of water, each one liter. As you also know, CANACO Chetumal that means the Chetumal Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Belize Chamber of Commerce has also donated some items—food cleaning supplies, water, etc.—that were given to the Red Cross. We are very satisfied with the work that the Red Cross and NEMO have been doing after Hurricane Earl. We see that they have been working directly with the people who have been affected due to this incident and we as a government are very pleased that we can be a part of this initiative of helping the people of Belize.”

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