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Sep 11, 2020

NEMO Completes Damage Assessment for TS Nana

The National Emergency Management Organization, NEMO, has completed a preliminary assessment of damages incurred as a result of Tropical Storm Nana which made landfall as a weak Category One hurricane in southern Belize last Thursday.  Cumulatively, a total of six million dollars was lost to the natural disaster which wreaked significant havoc in the agro and aquaculture sectors.  Several hundred homes were also partially destroyed during Nana which brought with it heavy winds.  According to Minister Edmond ‘Clear the Land’ Castro, work is under way to complete a thorough report of all damages which can take the preliminary number much higher.

 

Edmond ‘Clear the Land’ Castro, NEMO Minister

Edmond ‘Clear the Land’ Castro

“Basically, the initial assessment has been completed.  We’re working on the detailed assessment.  So far, from the initial assessment, we’re looking at the areas that were hardest hit, the agro and aquaculture industries which were affected to the tune of approximately 5.4 million dollars.  In the housing sector, about three hundred thousand dollars, tourism about fifty thousand dollars, in roads and bridges about two hundred and fifty thousand dollars.  Houses affected were approximately a hundred houses, about a hundred and fifty houses in the Stann Creek District and about two hundred in the Toledo District.  Houses affected both in the Toledo and Stann Creek District are minimally damaged, two sheets of zinc and some plywood and things like that.  So most of the affected houses da noh major repairs like house blow down and you have to completely rebuild a house.  So you have minimum damages to those areas in terms of the housing stock.


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