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Belize: Initial Damage Assessment Report - Tropical Depression No 16 Flooding events

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An initial Damage Assesment aims at determining relief and immediate response requirements and is conducted immediately in the early and critical stage of a disaster, as soon as the conditions allow survey teams to operate. The characteristic of such an assessment is that is is broad in scope and focuses on overall patterns and trends. It identifies:

- The magnitude of the disaster (without delivering exact figures)

- The impact of a disaster on the society

- People capacity to cope

- The most urgent relief needs and potential methods of delivery

- Priorities for action

- The utilization of resources for immediate response

- The need for detailed assessment of specific geographical areas or substantive sectors

- The level of continuing or emerging threats

- The need for international assistance