The rocky and muddy Independence Village roads
Deplorable road conditions are common in Belize, but while the old capital is getting some much needed face lifts with concrete streets, other parts of the country aren’t as fortunate. A concerned citizen in Independence Village sent us these images of streets from across the community. While there is a shortage of paved streets, those with bits and pieces of pavement are decorated potholes that accumulate water whenever it rains. This, he said, has created a breeding ground for mosquitoes in the community and they are concerned that there will be an outbreak of malaria because the neighboring community of Riversdale has already recorded two cases in the past few weeks. Other streets with bits and pieces of pavement are just as gutted. And as the rainy season steps in, the mud roads are almost impossible to track through, but villagers have no other choice. While they recognize that the village doesn’t have a proper drainage system, residents told News Five that they are really in need of assistance from the Ministry of Works to provide heavy equipment to fix the streets. They say it is imperative that the streets be upgraded because schools will re-open soon and children will have to be tracking through the mud.