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Posted: Monday, June 26, 2017. 2:34 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff : Yesterday, Sunday June 25, Minister of National Emergency Management Edmond Castro was in San Ignacio where he teamed up with Cayo North Area Representative, Omar Figueroa and San Ignacio-Santa Elena Mayor, Earl Trapp, to assess the impact of a flash flood which affected that town, Bullet Tree village and access roads on Saturday as a result of excessive rainfall.

They were accompanied by NEMO Regional Coordinator for Belize and Cayo districts, Al Westby. They visited some of the areas that were most impacted and spoke with residents who were affected by the flood.

Omar Figueroa stated: “We had the opportunity to tour the affected areas and try to come up with a plan of action on how to deal with it; how to help the folks that were affected. And, of course, this led to a larger discussion on how to not only react to things, but that we need to be a little more proactive. “

Figueroa said that they are in the process of developing a larger scale plan to deal with drainage and infrastructure in the area and said that they have to be better prepared.

“Belize, of course, is a signatory to the Climate Change Convention; and as a signatory to that convention, we need to ensure that we maximize our benefits to that. Right now there are increased financing opportunities in the global climate for us to access; but, of course, we have to develop these comprehensive proposals to target these climate change adaptation projects. And so, our discussion was really two fold. We came here, we toured the affected areas with Hon. Castro; and, of course, he having responsibility for NEMO and myself having responsibility for Climate Change, the discussion went in a direction where we need to think large and we need to go beyond just small projects to deal with the aftermath of these freak storms, and really prepare not only Cayo North but the country, and how we can better adapt to these devastating impacts of Climate Change, ” Figueroa ended.

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