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Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2020. 7:45 am CST.

By BBN Staff: The latest flood report issued by the National Hydrological Service of Belize (NHSN) and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) said that major flooding is being reported in most of the country due to the aftereffects of Hurricane Iota.

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

The report notes that the Belize and Sibun Rivers are spilling their banks due to the fast downstream flow associated with secondary flooding. There is little or no debris blocking the flow path which was cleared out by the first flood so the waters are rising much faster. The situation is reportedly made worse by the fact that the rivers were already in a flood state due to Hurricane Eta that hit the region a week before Iota.

“Residents living along or near these rivers are called upon to take the NEMO advisories seriously. Move to safety to save lives and protect property. DO NOT STAY IN YOUR HOME tonight if you know it is likely to flood during the course of the night. MOVE TO SAFETY, SAVE YOUR FAMILY, LIFE COMES FIRST!” the NHSB said. “DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE.”

NEMO advised motorists are asked to drive with extreme caution when traversing the highways and secondary roads. The organization also reminded drivers to put on their seat belts and hazard lights when driving through rain and to report dangerous areas.

 

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