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Feb 14, 2018

NEMO to Return South with Assistance for Flooded Out Farmers

The corn and beans crop planted late last year by villagers in the Toledo District, particularly San Benito Poite, was wiped out this past weekend by flooding. Villagers are staring disaster in the face after an unusually rainy few weeks in the area. The floods also caused the area to become inaccessible by road, reducing their options heading into the dry season. The impact of the rains has left residents facing a potential food shortage, as the crops were intended partially for commercial sale and for their own use. The National Emergency Management Organization has visited the area and today Minister Edmond Castro told News Five at an event that the organization is completing its assessment of the damages and will move to assist villagers in the coming days.


Edmond Castro

Edmond Castro, NEMO Minister

“I came back from Punta Gorda in the Toledo District on Saturday; we heard about the situation. I dealt with the one out west in Unitedville and I went down south. I had my NEMO team dealing with the assessment on Monday, Tuesday; today they should be dealing with the wrap-up. I think we are right on the money with that and we will see after we receive the report, we will see what we need to do and see how best we can assist those farmers, mainly that had been affected.”


Aaron Humes

“But in terms of emergency supplies have those been distributed?”


Edmond Castro

“We are waiting for the assessment; the assessment should be completed today. Mainly it was farmers that had been affected. NEMO would normally have emergency food packages, food packs and so on; that’s not a problem.”


Aaron Humes

“So you don’t know how many have been affected – that’s part of the assessment?”


Edmond Castro

“Yes, that’s part of the assessment. I know for a fact that it’s mainly the farmers who had corn and cash crops, so that takes a different angle. But NEMO has been out there conducting the assessment and everything should be wrapped up by today, and we will see how best we can assist those farmers.”

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