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Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2020. 8:30 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The latest flood update prepared by the National Hydrological Service of Belize (NHSB) and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) says that major flooding affected most of the country today, in the aftermath of Hurricane Iota, which has displaced over 280 people.

The NHSB said that significant areas of the Corozal, Orange Walk, Cayo and Belize districts are experiencing severe flooding and that a flood warning remains in effect.

“Residents living along or near to these rivers are called upon to take the NEMO advisories seriously. Move to safety to save life and protect property,” the NHSB said.

The joint release noted that there are a total of 288 persons in 14 shelters spread out in three districts. There are 57 people in two shelters in Orange walk and 42 people in five shelters located in Belize
Rural. In Cayo, there are 88 people across four shelters in Calla Creek and 15 people in a shelter in San Ignacio, and another 88 persons across two shelters in More Tomorrow Village.

“In the COROZAL DISTRICT, Caledonia, Sarteneja, Copper Bank, and Progresso roads are impassable and the Consejo road is inundated. In RURAL BELIZE DISTRICT the Boom/Hattieville Road and Bomba causeway are impassable for small vehicular traffic, the Crooked Tree causeway and the Boom Road in front of the Police Station are impassable. Santa Martha and Flowers Bank roads are only accessible to high vehicles,” the advisory said.

The Low-Lying Wooden Bridge and the Iguana Creek Bridge in Cayo are underwater and in More Tomorrow Village, both roads are impassable at this time. In Stann Creek, the Coastal Road is trafficable from Hope Creek to Gales Point, although drivers are advised to exercise extreme caution as culverts are being replaced due to the ongoing construction of the highway. Numerous small wooden, concrete, and hammock bridges are either destroyed or significantly damaged in the affected districts.

 

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