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Aug 8, 2016

UNICEF Says 110,000 Children Affected by Hurricane Earl

Melissa Ferguson’s attorney has just provided an interview on her statement to the police. We’ll have all that coming up later in the newscast. But thirty-eight persons were killed in Mexico by remnants of Hurricane Earl after it battered Belize. Fortunately, casualties have not been reported in Belize, but initial estimates are that the damages to the productive sector could add up to more than one hundred million dollars. But as it relates to our precious human resources, the children; the experts say that there could be psychological damage. UNICEF places the number of affected children at one hundred and ten thousand at a time when many are preparing to return to the classrooms. That staggering figure represents about one-third of the population.


Ivan Yerovi, Representative, UNICEF

“Well, fortunately this emergency situation with the hurricane didn’t leave any casualties.  That is good.  I think the country was well prepared I would say.  The situation has created problems regarding children because if we are talking about affected children we have to consider that we’re not only talking about physical damages or injuries.  We need to also consider that children may suffer some psycho-social problems.  And when we are talking about potential impacted populations we have to consider those aspects as well.  The physical infrastructure, the household situation and conditions and so on, that’s one thing.  But the Psychosocial impact on children, that’s something we also need to take into consideration.”


Ivan Yerovi


“How did UNICEF come by the figures for number of children impacted?”


Ivan Yerovi

“When we were informed about the potential districts that were impacted by the hurricane we did a calculation based on the official statistics from SIB.  The way we do it is: if we consider that four districts were to be impacted, we calculated the total amount of population, we divided based on the percentage of children under eighteen that we have in those districts.  When we add up those figures we ended up having a potential impact on one hundred and ten thousand children.  Again, when we are talking about potential impact, we’re not saying one hundred and ten thousand children are suffering or they are currently injured.  We are considering that amount of children potentially impacted or potentially suffering from psychosocial support that might be need, or households damaged somehow.  The rooftops were blow away or that kind of issues.  Even the lack of water, for instance, that’s something that children may suffer from.  We are talking those figures being calculated based on official statistics.”

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