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Nov 10, 2022

Red Cross is on the Go in Vista del Mar

“Help is coming.” It’s a widely used trope when discussing humanitarian relief.  In the case of the Belize Red Cross, hurricane-ravaged communities are being visited systematically in order to assist as many residents as possible with the resources that have been made available to the organization. This morning, we joined a team of volunteers distributing relief items to hurricane victims in Vista del Mar.  It’s a community that is often hard hit by tropical storms that make landfall near Belize City.  News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.


Bernard Bahadur

Bernard Bahadur, Hurricane Victim

“I am thankful for what they gave us.  They gave us some cleaning stuff and a tarp and broom and mop.  That was okay, I mean it’s a start.”


Bernard Bahadur is a resident of Vista del Mar.  This morning, he was visited by a team from the Belize Red Cross and he was provided with a few items, including a new mattress, to assist with getting things back to some measure of normalcy following Hurricane Lisa.  Like many others across the district, Bahadur is making use of the humanitarian aid being offered.


Terence Woodye

Terence Woodye, Logistics Officer, Belize Red Cross

“This community here, Vista del Mar, was one of the communities that usually floods out when the tide comes in.  So most of the households that you see around here, the water went in like four to five feet.  We did some assessments already, we brought some supplies such as cleaning kits, mops, brooms, buckets, Clorox, soap powder.  We also give each household a hygiene kit and for those that had their roofs affected, we also distributed tarps for them.  So today, we got in the mattress and we’re just coming back into the household to give them the mattress.  If you look around you can see some mattresses outside of some of the houses.  So we are coming here to distribute mattresses today for those who need it.”


Inside Bahadur’s bungalow on Damsel Fish Drive, his sofa and other household items are still wet.  During the storm surge, he physically bailed over a hundred buckets of water that seeped into his home.


Bernard Bahadur

“We stayed inside, while di wata di come een we di bail, we di bail.  We do like wahn hundred bucket a wata through the toilet.  So we mi kinda neva had to put up everything high, but in fact we mi put everything high and we save wahn lotta stuff, you know, but all the carpet and thing get messed up.”


According to Terence Woodye, the Logistics Officer for the Belize Red Cross, all efforts are being made to reach as many affected and displaced families.  The work, he says, began the day when the signal had been given that the danger was over.


Terence Woodye

“How we started, just after the all-clear on the third, we mobilized our volunteers and we went to the headquarters.  It was difficult to reach there because some lines were still down, but we mobilized our volunteers and that same day we did our planning.  We had planned before but we did a strategic plan that we wanted to target the coastal areas.  So that same day we did Jane Usher which is also by the port.  Some of the areas we have reached is like Jane Usher, we did Yabra, Caesar Ridge area, we also went to Holy Emmanuel, better known as Gungulung.  Other areas we have reached is like Sunflower Street, part of St. Martin’s.  We haven’t tackled whole of St. Martin’s yet.  We also have a team in Belize City at the moment I am speaking right now.  It’s kinda hectic because people would reach out to you and say, you know what, my house is down, my roof is… we won’t be able to reach everyone.  We are trying our best to reach a lot of people but we’re still out there as we speak doing assessments and our team is still going right now.”


Outside on Bahadur’s property, a small car in his front yard is being aired out.  During the storm surge, it too was engulfed by water.  In fact, he says that the vehicle was completely submerged.  The money to purchase the vehicle was from monies his wife received recently.


Bernard Bahadur

“We lose like four thousand dollars easily on that.  That was my wife’s pension money because she never got a pension, she got just the amount of money that she worked and she bought this vehicle and it went down.  Only that we lose, but thank God to be alive.  I think life counts more than material things, material things noh count.  Put God first and you have it.”


Isani Cayetano for News Five.

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