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Nov 3, 2022

NEMO to Conduct Damage Assessment and Offer Relief

Lisa dumped at least seven inches of rainfall over Belize City and storm surges affected communities along the Philip Goldson highway and Vista del Mar. According to Chief Met Officer Ronald Gordon, there was evidence that the flood brought debris from the sea all the way onto the highway. There were many homes in the city that suffered significant damages. Some people lost their entire dwellings, and NEMO’s next step is prioritizing these families who have been directly impacted, as C.E.O. in the Ministry of Disaster Risk Management, Doctor Kenrick Williams and NEMO Coordinator, Colonel Shelter Defour said.

 

Col. Shelton Defour, Coordinator, NEMO

Shelton Defour

“We know there will be major needs for housing assistance. We already got the preliminary report of about ninety-eight roofs that were reported damage, fifty houses destroyed and this is very preliminary, in terms of the report coming out of CEMO in Belize City.”

 

Dr. Kenrick Williams

Dr. Kenrick Williams, C.E.O, Ministry of Disaster Risk Management

“That’s a key line of response that we’re looking at, in terms of providing food, and some basic supplies to get us through the next twenty-four hours or so as immediate priorities and of course, looking at positioning the resources where we need those resources to be placed, and then of course, looking at the damage assessment. This morning we have the Prime Minister and our Minister, Orlando Habet who are going to do the initial fly-over and the initial damage assessment to give us a sense of the extent of damages in certain key areas and that is going to form the National Damage Assessment Report, at least the initial phase. Tomorrow we also have a team of technical officers going out to do a fly-over to do some further and more elaborate assessments in terms of the damages. So in the broadest sense, that is where we are and in terms of the broader government response with the respective committees and the respective operations.”


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