Hurricane Earl Situation Report No. 3 August 11, 2016

HIGHLIGHTS

  • No deaths or major injuries related to the passage of Hurricane Earl have been reported in the country

  • 119 people remain in shelters and others without electricity continue to take shelter with relatives

  • Water levels have started to recede in flooded rivers in the Cayo District; however, flooding remains a concern in flood prone areas, particularly in the Belize River Valley

  • The Belize City water supply has been restored and water is being supplied in trucks to communities with interrupted public water supply

  • The Belize Electricity Company reports that 99% of power has been restored; the 1% without power (700 people) are primarily in Belize City and affected rural areas in the Belize District

10,000 Persons Affected
3 PAHO experts deployed
119 Persons in Shelters
10 Health Facilities Assessed

SITUATION OVERVIEW

OHurricane Earl struck the country of Belize early morning on Thursday, August 4, 2016 as a category 1 hurricane. The most affected districts were Belize City, Belize Rural, Orange Walk, Cay, and the Stann Creek districts. No fatalities or injuries occurred, but approximately 2,000 families (10,000 people) have been affected in six districts, and an estimated 119 people remain in shelters. Food supplies and humanitarian relief items continue to be mobilized to the affected communities through the Supplies Management Committee (RSMC); housing relief operations will begin today.

Minimal damages were reported to health facilities. However, given the concern for flooding in the weeks to come, water- and vector-borne diseases in flooded areas is a concern, as well as ensuring safe drinking water. The Government of Belize continues to assess and restore critical lifeline facilities, agriculture, transportation, utilities, communication, and infrastructure.

Currently, an estimated 1,580 families (8,000 people) have been assisted by the Government of Belize, as reported by the National Relief Supplies Committee/Ministry of Human Development.