By Aaron Humes: Tonight, Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), Retired Colonel Shelton Defour, says he is expecting that the “all clear” from Hurricane Lisa could come as early as dawn on Thursday morning and likely no later than noon.
However, he emphasized that Prime Minister John Briceno as chair of NEMO must first be satisfied that all routes are sufficiently clear and no public emergency continues to exist. The center of Hurricane Lisa is currently near the western border and the country remains under a tropical storm warning.
Defour noted that the State of Emergency put into effect this afternoon would also be ended at that time.
There is no time to waste, he said, with reports of persons missing at sea, and assessments to be done on the state of damage and assistance to the most affected persons and areas.
Defour advises Belizeans to remain indoors tonight and not succumb to the temptation of stepping out and violating the ongoing curfew. Only emergency agencies including public utilities will be allowed out in order to repair damages to power and water supplies. Police have been called in to quell reports of looting in the Fabers Road area and a reported exchange of gunfire elsewhere.
As for aid, Defour states that those wishing to help should contact NEMO which has relevant committees standing by to coordinate.