NEMO Says Restoration of Critical Lifeline Facilities Continues

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Updated: August 8, 2016

NEMO has released its latest advisory. It says 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.  A total of 170 persons remain in shelters in the Belize, Cayo and Orange Walk Districts.    NEMO National Relief and Supplies Management Committee continues to mobilize reaching out to people in the affected communities with food, water, tarp/plastic sheeting, cleaning supplies, mattress etc.   BATSUB, BDF and UNICEF have been assisting people in the shelters. The Belize Red Cross, and USAID are supporting NEMO with field operations.  The Indian community in Belize provided lunch yesterday for the shelterees in Belize City.  Billy White and Santa Familia water system is still down, emergency water relief is being organized for those in need.   Crooked Tree, St. Anns, Santana and Corozalito water system have been restored back to normal.  On the old northern highway a water truck will be providing water for those in need. San Pedro is currently experiencing low water pressure, as BWSL continues to repair leaks in the system.  BEL continues work in Belize Rural.  As it relates to the telecommunications companies, for Speed net, the Renaissance tower site is expected to be repaired by Sunday.   Two towers near JB on George Price Highway is down and currently undergoing repairs.    BTL Customers in the following areas are experiencing little or no mobile voice or data service due to cell site outages Lucky Strike, and Burrell Boom.   The cell site at Love FM was completely destroyed, therefore surrounding neighbourhoods may be affected. People in the Belize District along the Belize River must continue to monitor the river.    Area of concern is Belize River Valley. Vaqueros and Privassion Bridge is impassable to heavy equipment and big trucks.  Small vehicles must exercise extreme caution whilst driving in this area.  Spanish lookout via Baking Pot Ferry and Iguana Creek Bridge are impassable at this time.   The access route through Bullet Tree Falls village via the Bullet Tree Bridge is open.     The wooden bridge in San Ignacio across the Macal River remains closed and is seriously damaged.  The Hammock Bridge in Calla Creek has been destroyed.     Blue Creek road is open and passable vehicular traffic.   People living in these flood prone areas are being strongly encouraged to seek safety and move to higher grounds to protect life.    MOVE OUT of areas that are likely to flood.  Protect life first. Stay away from flood waters.   Farmers with livestock take the necessary actions and seek safety and move them to higher grounds. Do not: cross flood waters, especially at night.