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Sep 3, 2020

Over 4000 Persons Accessed Shelters Countrywide

Some four thousand persons moved into hurricane shelters as Nana approached the country. With little notice, Nana rapidly approached Belize and facilities opened after four o’clock on Wednesday afternoon to those persons who needed refuge to weather the force of a category one hurricane. Fortunately, the storm was weak and by this morning, the residents had emptied the shelters. Here is News Five’s Duane Moody with a report.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

As early as four p.m. on Wednesday, shelters were opened countrywide, but specifically for residents in southern Belize who opted to leave their homes and weather the storm in structures designated by the National Emergency Management Organization to withstand the conditions of a category one hurricane.

 

Edmond Castro

Edmond Castro, NEMO Minister

“Countrywide, approximately four thousand persons sought shelter. By now, everybody went back home because it is an all clear and there is no need for them to be there. So everybody went back home so it is not a problem there for us.”

 

In Belize City, ten shelters were opened—eight scattered across the south side of Old Capital and one in the King’s Park area and another on Princess Margaret Drive. Hundreds of persons had accessed these shelters, anticipating severe weather conditions.  In Punta Gorda, however, there were only a few persons in shelters; many weathered the storm at home. Over on Ambergris Caye, over sixty persons checked into shelters and in Caye Caulker, only one person sought refuge.

 

Seleny Villanueva

Seleny Villanueva, Chairlady, Caye Caulker Village

“Last night when I was there about 11:30, there was only one person. And about one o’clock we got reports that nobody else had joined the shelter. So there were only reports of that one individual in the shelter.”

 

As for those persons whose houses have become uninhabitable, NEMO Minister Edmond Castro says that relief will be provided with collaboration from the Ministry of Human Development.

 

Edmond Castro

“We already have some food in stock. Our coordinators out there will give us that report to find out exactly who needs what help and from NEMO’s perspective; we will be able to deal with that along with Human Development to make sure that those people receive some food packages.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.


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