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Aug 11, 2016

Hurricane Relief Continues in the Old Capital

A week after Hurricane Early ravaged the country, CEMO is carrying out assessments of properties in the hard hit areas of Belize City. Councilor Philip Willoughby was today on the ground focusing on damages to houses in the south side as a first step in bringing relief. Affected victims, as a first step, are benefitting from material to repair the roofs.


Phillip Willoughby, CEMO

“We have several assessment teams on the ground of which are certified, qualified engineers who are doing inspections and checks, doing the verification. Once that is done, that goes back to our command center to the restoration committee. Thereafter, upon verification, we have a team now dispatched to do deliveries to drop off housing materials. These are self-help materials; this is not the initial outlay rollout to reconstruct homes and so forth…this is just people with minimal damage. As you can see there are several damage; as you can see there are several damaged zincs on the roof. Those are down there; they have been delivered with the screws of course and they will proceed to do the requisite changing of the zincs and so forth.”


Phillip Willoughby


“So now, at this point, how much are families able to receive and how are they able to access that because as when you spoke, it seems like a lot of red tape.”


Phillip Willoughby

“No, no no…we have to be accountable of what is happening here. Like I said, there was an initial damage assessment team on the ground. Those reports came in; we now have the technical people on the ground checking to see what is actually the damage and base on what the damages are, then we come back after they have signed off on it and we make the deliveries and these deliveries will be happening across south side Belize City.”


Duane Moody

“Sir how many persons will be receiving some kind of assistance?”


Phillip Willoughby

“We will do as much as we can with what we have procured. From since last night, we’ve picked up something in the region of four hundred zincs; we’ve picked up in the same amount kind ply board. But it depends on the type of structure; that will determine what type of wood be it hard board, lumber or plycem or ply board that that home will be receiving.”

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