UNICEF Belize SitRep #1 - 19 October 2015

Situation Report
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  • Belize City has been the area most affected in the country as an area of low pressure passing over the region has been dumping large amounts of water in the area since Friday evening, October 16, 2015.

  • Flooding has placed the city at a standstill with emergency management organizations working on evacuating affected residents.

  • Ten inches of fallen rain has been reported in Belize City since Friday and more rain is expected well into Tuesday, October 20. The weather forecast foresees that the weather will start clearing up by Wednesday.

  • The Prime Minister of Belize Hon. Dean Barrow and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) held a press conference Sunday at 1:30 pm to address issues related to the weather affecting the region.

  • Despite extensive flooding in Belize City, NEMO has not declared a state of emergency or disaster in the city and the situation is being monitored as emergency management organizations are addressing the current situation.

  • Initial reports say 252 individuals have been displaced and six shelters have opened in Corozal, Orange Walk and Belize Districts.

  • Schools are closed in Corozal, Orange Walk and Belize and an approximate number of 63.896 children in primary and secondary school are affected.

  • Based on the available information the urgent needs are currently covered by the Government. BCO is continuously assessing the situation to, based on existing LTAs, be able to rapidly provide humanitarian response.