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Posted: Friday, November 27, 2020. 1:54 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The British Army Training Support Unit Belize (BATSUB) is assisting the Government and people of Belize in the flooding areas caused by Hurricanes Eta and Iota this month.

 “Task Force BATSUB” has provided humanitarian assistance disaster relief (HADR) in direct support of NEMO.

 BATSUB says that soldiers from the 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland who had been training in the jungle and who were almost about to depart for the UK, and a team of enthusiastic volunteers from the BATSUB permanent staff and locally employed civilians, were brought together to assist in the flood relief.

The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) and BATSUB held a meeting that included detailed coordination with the BDF to assist.

And, the BATSUB task force rolled up their sleeves, filled their trucks with supplies from NEMO, and went to the affected communities.

In cooperation with NEMO and local volunteers, they established a series of distribution centers to provide much-needed aid. 

BATSUB staff also assisted with housing relief assessments by visiting the flood-hit areas to identify those needing help; often personally delivering aid to their water-logged homes.

“The soldiers of the 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, the BATSUB team and locally employed civilians staff were all humbled and impressed at the resilience and fortitude of the ever-pleasant and respectful people of Belize, even in the face of adversity,” a statement said.

BATSUB Commander Lt. Col. Simon Nicols MBE said that BATSUB stands shoulder to shoulder with Belize.

 “As guests in your beautiful country, BATSUB stands “Shoulder to Shoulder” with our colleagues in the BDF and BCG to support NEMO in their efforts to provide support to flood-affected areas.  British Soldiers are only too aware of the difficulties being experienced and are delighted to be able to help and humbled by the reception they have received.”

Major Alan Grant MBE the DIO BATSUB Training Safety Officer and emergency military liaison officer said he felt honored and proud to assist in Belize.

 “I am really impressed with the community spirit of the Belizeans and think they are an example to us all. God Bless Belize,” he added.

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