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Sep 3, 2020

Hurricane Nana Damage Assessments Underway; Agriculture Took the Biggest Hit!

Edmond Castro

The full assessment on the impact of Hurricane Nana on southern Belize is underway at this time.  What we know right now, based on preliminary information, is that the agriculture sector took the hardest hit from the storm. NEMO Minister Edmond Castro says that the banana industry was affected.

 

Edmond Castro, NEMO Minister

“Currently we are dealing with the damage assessment. Thank goodness Nana passed and passed us so fast that we forgot to drop water. So, that is a good thing for us. We have a few houses in Sittee River, Silk Grass and so on – maybe one and two sheet of zinc blown off. The hardest hit areas are the agriculture sector which is some bananas. We are still awaiting the proper assessment on the loss from the banana crops so we are constantly doing that. We received some initial reports as to how much but we need to verify and so we have our people on the ground. We were able to clear all major arteries within the country. Most of the country didn’t even receive any damage.  All the major arteries, all the roads have been cleared and I think we are almost back to normal.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“And the full damage assessment when can we expect that report?”

 

Edmond Castro

“Well we have the preliminary damage assessment either by this evening or tomorrow. And then we have to go and deal with the detailed damage assessment which will give us whose farm; how many banana trees knocked down; how many citrus, etc.  So we will have that, but that will take a little bit more detail and a little more time.”

 

Late this evening, we spoke with Antonio Zabaneh of the Banana Growers Association who acknowledges that there are damages to banana farms. He says that they are unable to quantify the losses at this time because the farm managers are still compiling numbers and doing on the ground assessments. He says that once those numbers are all compiled; only then, they will be able to present a full picture of the extent of the damage caused by Hurricane Nana.


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