Belize - Mexico - Hurricane Keith OCHA Situation Report No. 8

from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 11 Oct 2000

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2000/0199
OCHA Situation Report No. 8
Belize - Mexico - Hurricane "Keith"
11 October 2000


1. The UNDP sub-Office in Belize reports that extensive flooding continues, with floodwaters rising in areas along the rivers in the Orange Walk and Corozal districts and subside slowly in the upstream villages of the Belize district. Some access roads villages are under up to 6-7 feet of water and villages have been completely cut off. The largest immediate and long term concern now is for those in flooded areas where water should remain for weeks due to the low lands and poor drainage. Transportation is restricted except by boat in some areas and evacuation from villages in affected areas continue. The state of emergency continues nation-wide. The dusk to dawn curfew continues only for the islands of San Pedro and Caye Caulker.

2. A consolidated needs and damage assessment is expected until the end of the week. Latest reports indicate:

  • Road and bridge infrastructures - The Western highway still has a few inches of water in one section but is open to almost all traffic. However, the flood-waters on the Northern highway are rising with over two feet reported in some areas just before Orange Walk Town going northwards.
  • Agriculture - Damage to domestic and export crops is still increasing and will have long lasting effects.
  • Tourism - While damage assessment to the tourism sector continues, rehabilitation/reconstruction activities have already begun.
  • Health- The threat of diseases related to dead animals, contaminated water and food is very high. Reports of sanitation-related diseases such as skin infections, diarrhea and food poisoning are on the increase. A major preventative health campaign has begun.

Emergency requirements

3. The Government of Belize issued a preliminary list of emergency supplies, which includes, inter alia, building materials, electric generators, food and clean water. This list is available at OCHA Internet Website at and a hard copy may be provided by OCHA upon request.

4. Medical needs are being assessed by the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Office in Belize. Questions related to the existing medical needs can be addressed to the PAHO/WHO Office in Belmopan, Belize: telephone number: 501-2-44885 and fax number: 501-2-30917.

5. According to the National Management Emergency Organization (NEMO), donors interested in making cash contributions for this emergency can do it through "Hurricane Keith Relief Fund" accounts, set up by all Belize Embassies/Missions abroad.

International Assistance

6. The UN Emergency Disaster Management Team continues to coordinate the UN response from the UN House in the capital, Belmopan.

7. The World Food Program (WFP) adviser from the WFP regional office in Nicaragua will be presenting his report and recommendations soon. PAHO/WHO continues to work closely with the Health Committee of NEMO. The report from broader (PAHO) rapid needs assessment is presently being prepared.

8. The two SUMA trainers and local trainees have set up the management system for international assistance. The system should begin to produce useful information early this week.

Contributions reported to OCHA

9. A list of cash and in kind contributions reported to OCHA, as of 11 October 2000, is attached to the present situation report.

10. OCHA is prepared to serve as channel for cash contributions to be used for immediate relief assistance, in coordination/consultation with relevant organizations in the United Nations system. Funds should be transferred to OCHA account No. CO-590.160.0, Swift code: UBSWCHZ12A at the UBS AG, P.O. Box 2770, CH-1211 Geneva 2, with reference: OCHA - Belize - Hurricane "Keith". OCHA provides donors with written confirmation and pertinent details concerning the utilization of the funds contributed.

11. For coordination purposes, donors are requested to inform OCHA Geneva, as indicated below, on relief missions/pledges/contributions and their corresponding values by item.

12. Any future updates on contributions to this disaster may be found by clicking on Financial Tracking at the top of the page for this disaster on the OCHA Internet Website ( Donors are requested to verify this table and inform OCHA Geneva of corrections/additions/values. Donors are encouraged to notify OCHA Geneva of their contributions to this disaster using the OCHA Standardized Contributions Recording Format, available electronically in the above mentioned Financial Tracking Website.

13. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at

Telephone: +41-22-917 12 34
Fax: +41-22-917 00 23

In case of emergency only: Tel. +41-22-917 20 10

Desk Officers: Mr. E. Haegglund / Mr. C. Monteiro-Pereira / Ms. M. Kondo, Direct Tel. +41-22-917 32 99 / 13 83 / 19 97

Press contact: (in GVA) Mr. Donato Kiniger-Passigli, direct Tel. +41-22-917 26 53

(list in order of priority needs, separate from medical list)

Housing Construction materials
Metal Roofing
Timber (treated pine or similar)
Timber (treated pine or similar)
Nails, screws
Electrical wire and fittings
Plumbing - pvc pipes, bath &kitchen fitting

26 gauge 10 ft. sheets
minimum ½ inch sheets
Board feet of 2x4x10 minimum
Board feer of 1x6x10 minimum
Housing grade
Miscellaneous construction tools including electric and manual operated tools

Multiples for at least 30 work crew required
Portable generators
For construction work
Temporary Shelters (40’ x 60’)
For accommodating family of 6-10 each
Pre Fabricated Houses
Used while homes are repaired
Plastic sheeting for temporary roof
1200 roll

Camp beds / cots

Reserve Osmosis Water System
(salt to drinking water)
Complete with attachments
300 Kw 60 Hz Diesel Power Generators
With Operators for 24 hr operation
Chemical Toilets (single)

Portable Toilets (single)

Flourescent battery lamps & batteries
2 spare batteries each
25 Kw Generator (Hospital)
Stand-by for hospital
Chain Saws
5 hp medium
Equipped mobile unit ambulance

Equipped regular ambulance

4 wheel drive vehicle (diesel)
Ford Ranger double cab
VHF Radios and repeaters
10 base sets and 30 others
HF Radios and accessories
10 base sets and 30 others
Meals ready to eat (MRE)

Drinking water for 10,000 for 5 days
50,000 gal
Until RO equipment in place
Field Kitchen
Completely equipped
Baby food (1st, 2nd, 3rd)

Cash for 10,000 for 5 days

To purchase fresh food
Disposable plates/forks and spoons

Body Soap

Antiseptic disinfectant
500 cases

Toothpaste and brush (toiletries)
Toiletries set
Mosquito & Insect Repellent Body Spray
5000 btl


Towels and wash cloth

N.B. All our Embassies have set up "Hurricane Keith Relief Fund" Accounts to accept monetary donations.

All shipments should be consigned to "Hurricane Keith Relief, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Belize, Tel: 501-8-22322.

Foreign Assistance Committee - am 6/10/00

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