Hurricane Keith Situation Report No. 3

Report
from Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency
Published on 05 Oct 2000


BELIZE SUFFERS US$200M DAMAGE FOLLOWING HURRICANE KEITH

1.0 EVENT: Hurricane Keith

2.0 DATE OF OCCURRENCE: September 29 - October 03, 2000

3.0 GENERAL SITUATION

The Damage Assessment Sub-committee of the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) continues its effort to complete the assessment of the impacted areas within the country. Preliminary damage information already collected indicates that some US$200 million in damages was sustained from the effects of Hurricane Keith. Included in this preliminary estimate are US$45M damages to the Agricultural Sector and US$100M to the tourism sector. Damage to the country’s infrastructure is put at US$55M

3.1 Healths and Welfare:

One confirmed death was recorded with less than 10 persons still reportedly missing. The low casualty total recorded is being attributed to the high level of disaster awareness amongst the population.

There are approximately 1500 persons still in emergency shelters. More than 8000 persons were evacuated during the height of the Hurricane.

3.2 Housing

Damage to housing stock on Ambergris Cays and San Pedro is extensive with more than 60% severely damaged.

3.3 Communications

Communications with the outer Cays is limited. Telecommunications equipment remains a priority need.

3.4 Transportation

The International Airport has now been reopened. However vehicular access to it is limited due to flooded roads. Several other major roads within the Belize District are also flooded.

4.0 EMERGENCY RESPONSE

4.1 National Response

Damage Assessment Teams are currently in the field completing detailed and sectoral assessments.

Tourism & Hotel sector have already commenced repairs to infrastructure to minimize cancellations

Commercial Sector including banks and insurance companies have been mobilized to support and expedite recovery efforts

International Airport operational and power being restored to the Belize District. Cay Caulker and Ambergris Cays are still without power.

4.2 International & Regional Response

CDERA and PAHO representatives arrived in Belize on October 5, 2000 and are liaising with NEMO on the damage assessment effort and priority needs

IDB is working in conjunction with Government Officials to prepare an "Emergency Reconstruction Facility"

CDERA has prepared and submitted a proposal to the CDB for utilizing the US$100,000 grant being provided by that institution

4.2.1 Pledges

The following Pledges have been received to date. There is an urgent call for donors to coordinate pledges to reduce duplication of donations.

DONOR
PLEDGE
REMARKS
1. IADB Bz$100,000 Red Cross to administer. Funds received
2. IFRCS 6 Experts
3. Rep. Of China Bz$20,000 To purchase Emergency Power Generators
4. UNDP Bz$100,000 in expertise
Bz$100,000 in cash
For logistical support
5. OCHA Bz$60,000 For emergency Roofing
6. UNICEF Bz$100,000 100,000 OR Sachets provided so far
7. PAHO Bz$100,000 in cash
3 Expert/Advisers
PAHO to determine Health focus
Disaster, SUMA and Health expert
8. WFP 1 Expert/Adviser Feeding Programme
9. US/OFDA Bz$50,000
Relief Modules
Damage Assessment support
10. OAS Bz$40,000

4.2.2 Emergency Supplies List (Needs in order of priority)

ITEM
QUANTITY
REMARKS
A. Construction Materials
Metal Roofing
17,500
26 gauge 10ft sheets
Plywood
17,500
Minimum of ½ in sheets
Timber (treated pine or similar)
50,000
Board Feet of 2x4x10 minimum
Timber (treated pine or similar)
150,000
Board Feet of 1x6x10 minimum
Nails, Screws

Housing Grade
Electrical wire and fittings


Plumbing - pvc pipes, bath & kitchen fittings


Miscellaneous construction tools including electric and manual operated tools

Multiples for at least 30 work crews required
Portable Generators
30
For construction work
Temporary Shelters 40’ x 60’
25
For accommodating family of 6 - 10 each
Pre-fabricated houses
25
For use while houses are being repaired
Plastic Sheeting for temporary roofing
1200
Rolls
Camp Beds / Cots
2000


B. Utilities & Essential Services
Reverse Osmosis Water System (Salt to drinking water)
3
Complete with attachments
300Kw 60Hz Diesel Power Generators
4
With operators for 24hr operations
Chemical Toilets (single)
60

Portable Toilets
100

Fluorescent battery lamps & batteries
100
2 spare batteries each
25Kw Generator (Hospital)
1
Stand-by for hospital
Chain Saws
20
5 hp medium
Equipped mobile unit ambulance
1

Equipped regular ambulance
1

4 wheel drive vehicle (diesel)
2
Ford Ranger double cab
VHF Radios and repeaters
40
10 base sets and 30 others
HF Radios and accessories
40
10 base sets and 30 others

C. Food and Personal Hygiene
Meals Ready to Eat (MREs)
100,000

Drinking Water for 10,000 for 5 days
50,000
Gallons - Until RO Equipment in place
Field Kitchen
4
Completely equipped
Baby Food (1st, 2nd, 3rd)
5000

Cash for 10,000 for 5 days

To purchase fresh foods
Disposable plates, forks and spoons
10,000

Body Soap
50,000

Antiseptic/Disinfectant
500
Cases
Toothpaste and Brushes (Toiletries)
5000
Sets
Mosquito & Insect repellant / Body Spray
5000
btl
Blankets
5000

Towels and Washcloths
5000

In addition to list of items needed, cash donations are being accepted at all Belizean Embassies through their "Hurricane Keith Relief Fund"

All Shipments should be consigned to "Hurricane Keith Relief, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Belize, Telephone number 011 501-8-22322

The CDERA Coordinating Unit continues to monitor the impact reports and will provide further SITREPs as information becomes available.

The 24hr. contact number for the Coordinating Unit is (246) 436 9651.

The Garrison, Saint Michael, Barbados
Tel No: (246) 436-9651
Fax No: (246) 437-7649
Email: cdera@caribsurf.com