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Belize: Initial damage assessment report - Tropical Depression No.16 Flooding events

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The Preliminary assessment of damages ideally be undertaken within 4-8 hours after the all clear has been given. The assessment will be informed by one or all of the following;

- An aerial reconnaissance done by national or regional teams

- District/Local surveys

- The application of pre-established baseline vulnerability database

The objectives of this stage in the DANA process are to;

- To obtain a general overview of the damage.

- Identify the initial needs of the impacted population including emergency response requirements

From this stage a report will be generated on completion of the assessment. The damage and losses presented here reflect the available information, compiled during a brief period of time. This is not a final assessment of the damage and needs since it reflects information available at the time of the assessment.

This information is collected within 4-8 hours of the all clear and will therefore:

- Provide a general overview of the extent and magnitude of the damage etc.

- Determine the need for a Disaster Declaration

- Provide information that would inform the responses of the International and

Regional Donor Community

- Assist in determining the initial response to the event

- Help to determine the need for the second phase of the assessment process.