NEMO and the National Met Service hereby inform the general public that as at 2:00 p.m., showers and thunderstorms associated with a broad Area of Low Pressure (93L) located over the north western Caribbean Sea are beginning to show signs of organization. The broad Area of Low Pressure (93L) has a medium to high chance of development into a tropical cyclone within the next 48 hours.
The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) in collaboration with the National Meteorological Service hereby informs the general public that the strong Tropical Wave in the west-central Caribbean Sea has an 80% chance of becoming a Tropical Depression or a Tropical Storm over night. The system with maximum sustained winds near 35mph is moving to the West-North-West at 12mph. The current position is near 15.6 North Latitude and 82.0 West Longitude or some 90 miles East-North-East of Cabo Gracias a Dios, off the Nicaraguan/Honduras border.
The National Meteorological Service and the National Emergency Management Organization(NEMO) are closely monitoring a powerful Category 4 Hurricane Matthew which is located at 13.5 North latitude and 71.6 West Longitude packing winds of 140 miles per hour. Matthew is moving West South West at 9 Miles per hour. The system is more than 1, 000 miles away from Belize.
The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) hereby informs that Southern Belize in particular the Toledo District is experiencing flooding.
Jacintoville is currently under flood conditions. Aguactae village is inaccessible and water is 15ft above the bridge. Other villages along the Moho River must closely monitor the flood situation and take the necessary precautions. Other villages in the Toledo and Stann Creek Districts must be on alert for flooding.
PEOPLE IN SHELTER: There are a total of 119 persons in Shelter as follows: 56 in Belize City: In Cayo: Teakettle has 15 persons in shelter and St. Matthews has 31 persons. There are 2 persons in the shelter at Gracie Rock. There are 11 persons in the Hattievile Community Centre. Orange Walk has 4 persons in one shelter in San Carlos.
PEOPLE IN SHELTER: There are a total of 170 persons in Shelter as follows: 91 in Belize City: Unity Presbyterian has 16 persons, St. John’s Vianney has 31 persons, and St. Luke has 44 persons. In Cayo: Teakettle has 16 persons in shelter and St. Matthews has 31 persons. There 28 persons in the Hattievile Community Centre recently built by US Southern Command. Orange Walk has 4 persons in one shelter in San Carlos.
Some 2,000 families (10,000 people) have been affected in six districts.
Some 170 people remain in shelters, half are in Belize City.
Water systems are being restored, however, some rural areas in the Belize district still lack electricity.
Flooding remains a concern in many areas in the Cayo District and the Belize River Valley as rivers and damns remain at high levels.
Damage to houses, utilities, agriculture and tourism industry.
SITUATION. Immediate relief to the affected people and restoration of critical lifeline facilities continue as the country returns to normalcy less those severely impacted. NEMO and the Government providing assistance with help from the community. The Utility Companies operations are progressing at a steady pace enabling the country’s recovery.
4:00 p.m., 7th August, 2016
SITUATION. Immediate relief to the affected people and restoration of critical lifeline facilities
PEOPLE IN SHELTER: 164. San Pedro and Caye Caulker has 9 persons in San Pedro High School; Belize City has 78 persons in Unity Presbyterian, St. John’s Vianney, and St. Luke. In Cayo Teakettle has 16 persons in shelter; More tomorrow still has 15 persons; St. Matthews has 31 persons; and Cotton Tree has 15 persons.
As at 8:00 p.m., 6th August, 2016
SITUATION. NEMO response to the aftermath of Category 1 Hurricane Earl continues with focus primarily on providing immediate relief to the affected people, the restoration of critical lifeline facilities, operational normalcy at all ports, and assessments of agriculture, fisheries, transportation, utilities, communication, infrastructure, housing, cultural, and environmental situation.
FLOOD SITUATION IN BELIZE
The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) hereby informs the general public that flood waters are swelling the river banks and people living in the following villages must continue to take immediate flood response actions:
Areas of concern are:
NEMO Declares ALL CLEAR for the country
At 9:00 a.m. NEMO has declared the ALL CLEAR phase for the country of Belize. At that the center of now Tropical Storm Earl was located near latitude 17.2 North , longitude 89.9 West or about 50 miles west of Belize City. Earl continues to weaken as it tracks westward away from Belize.
Although the ALL CLEAR Phase has been declared some squally conditions are still likely and seas will be rough. Therefore small craft warning remains in effect for offshore waters.
HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE COAST OF BELIZE
**NEMO hereby informs that **Hurricane Earl was centered near Latitude 17.1°N, Longitude 86.0°W or about 103 miles east-southeast of Half Moon Caye, 141 miles east-southeast of San Pedro Ambergris Caye, 147 miles east of Dangriga, 150 miles east-southeast of Belize City, 181 miles east-southeast of Corozal Town, and 198 miles east of Punta Gorda Town.
A HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE COAST OF BELIZE
NEMO hereby informs that at 9:00am Tropical Storm Earl was centered near Latitude 16.3°N, Longitude 84.4°W or about 189 miles east-southeast of Half Moon Caye, 231 miles east-southeast of San Pedro Ambergris Caye, 230 miles east of Dangriga, 236 miles east-southeast of Belize City,271 miles east-southeast of Corozal Town, and 267 miles east of Punta Gorda Town.
TROPICAL STORM EARL FORMS EAST OF BELIZE
NEMO has issued a Tropical Storm Warning and a Hurricane Watch for the entire country.
Belmopan. June 20th, 2016. The Ministry of Health is investigating and closely monitoring a situation on the island of Caye Caulker, Belize District where three additional Zika cases have been confirmed.
May 16th, 2016
The Ministry of Health confirms the first Zika case documented in Belize. The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has returned the results of samples sent to their laboratory from a heightened surveillance being carried out across the country. Of the samples sent to CARPHA thus far, one positive result was received last week.
The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) hereby urges people in St. Paul’s Bank; Willows Bank; Double Head Cabbage; Bermudian Landing; Isabela Bank; Flowers Bank;
May Pen; Scotland half-moon; Burrell Boom; Lord’s Bank; Ladyville; Belama Phase 4, and Crooked Tree to maintain a state of heightened alert. People on the edge of the lagoon be informed that the water is rising. One family had to be relocated this evening. Take action and protect life and property. Tomorrow a BDF Boat with NEMO personnel will deploy to the area.
Another area of low pressure near the coast of Belize has moved inland over the Yucatan Peninsula and weakened. Development of this system now appears unlikely. However, this system could produce locally heavy rains across portions of Belize, during the next few days.
Rio Hondo River is at flood stage and rising. 4 boats and a BDF truck is on standby to assist Douglas and San Antonio residents with evacuation and movement to and from town. Residents are advised to move voluntarily for those who can.