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Aug 9, 2012

More agricultural damages attributed to Hurricane Ernesto

Preliminary results have been released from an ongoing damage assessment in the Corozal District in the wake of Hurricane Ernesto, a category one storm which made landfall in the Yucatan Peninsula on Tuesday.  While the destruction of infrastructure was minimal, accessibility to outlying areas, including Sarteneja and other coastal communities in the north, have been affected by flooding.  Officials from the Department of Agriculture, we are told, are still in the process of tallying the effects of Ernesto.  Unlike Hurricane Dean, which ravaged the papaya industry in 2007, Fruta Bomba, Corozal’s largest papaya grower, has reported marginal losses to their crop in the aftermath of Hurricane Ernesto.  News Five spoke with Willard Levy, District Coordinator for NEMO in Corozal, earlier today.

 

Via phone: Willard Levy, District Coordinator, NEMO

Willard Levy

“In terms of structural damages, there has not been any structural damage reported other than regular flooding in people’s yards. In Corozal we had about seven families where it was flooding in the yard; no house flooding. Consejo, we didn’t have any damages however, some of the roads to Consejo and in certain areas were kinda flooded. All we have reported here are floods in the roads leading to Sarteneja. Patchakan and all those other areas were okay. The problem was that there was not electricity for quite a time and it was restored until about four-thirty the evening. Then in Ranchito, we only had two families that were flooded; again not their houses, but their yard. And Chan Chen, we only had one person. All the other villages did not have any, again like I mentioned, no structural damage. In terms of agriculture, the preliminary reports that I have so far; that in Little Belize there are out of to seven thousand acres of corn, a hundred and five acres was damage. Papaya in Little Belize; of the forty-seven acres that they have planted; only two acres were damaged. Fruta Bomba is an estimated of the eleven hundred acres, eleven acres was damages.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Would it be fair to say that the damages are considerably minimal when compared to previous hurricanes, particularly hurricane Dean?”

 

Via phone: Willard Levy

“Compared to Dean, yes you can consider that as minimal. However it is still a loss that they experience.”

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