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In an effort to assist the fire victims, the National Emergency Management Organization NEMO packages to the affected families. Hipolito Novelo reports.

HIPOLITO NOVELO REPORTING…

Families affected by the Glenn Street Fire can breathe a collective sigh of relief as the National Emergency Management Organization, NEMO, has stepped in, assisting the fire victims with basic items.

The five victims received….

EDMOND CASTRO, MINISTER OF NEMO

…tabletop stoves, mattresses, sheets and that sort of thing so there is a standard basic NEMO package that we provide for each family and then we have the Human Services which will kick in and see how best they can assist some of the families in terms of perhaps helping them with somewhere to go for a short period of time until they could get back on their feet.

HIPOLITO NOVELO, LOVE NEWS REPORTER 

When will they be receiving these items?

EDMOND CASTRO, MINISTER OF NEMO

We already have the items restocked by the NEMO warehouse in Ladyville and we have the items outside and those items are ready for them to receive ahorita.

The items were taken to the locations where the victims will be staying for the meanwhile.

And while every bit counts, these families need much more help.

EDMOND CASTRO, MINISTER OF NEMO

Nothing is enough for you when you have your property destroyed and everything that you had acquired over a period of all the years that you have been alive, nothing that anybody could give you will be enough but as NEMO what we do since I took over the reins at NEMO is that we provide a standard package that we believe that they need; you need to cook, we provide a tabletop stove for you. You need gas we provide a gas tank for you, we don’t provide a full gas tank but we provide a gas tank for you. You need sheets, mattress the basic things we try to help you with along with some food package.

HIPOLITO NOVELO, LOVE NEWS REPORTER 

What about things for children, babies?

EDMOND CASTRO, MINISTER OF NEMO

That’s a tough one. We provide a standard package we don’t discriminate whether you’re a man or a woman or age of child, year.

And all the displaced children, along with their fathers and mothers are also being helped by the Ministry of Human Development. Helping out in the process is Belize City Councilor in charge of CEMO, Philip Willoughby.

PHILIP WILLOUGBY, BELIZE CITY COUNCILLOR 

I don’t know if it gas tank in yet because you know when you are looking for your pillow and your bed at night it’s not going to be your home that you will be walking into so that will set in a little later on that will take its toll but we hope that that can we can mitigate against that and return them smoothly to some state of normalcy and like I said they are very hopeful and they see the dedication and commitment through the CEMO offices in working along with them, coordinating this whole initiative and effort.

Besides the basic items, the fire victims who have nowhere to go will be put in shelters, giving them to rebuild and get back on their feet and for that they are thankful.

RUTILIO VILLANUEVA, FIRE VICTIM 

Thanks to the City Council for trying to help us by giving us what really need for our hygiene.

HIPOLITO NOVELO, LOVE NEWS REPORTER 

Do you know exactly what you are getting?

RUTILIO VILLANUEVA, FIRE VICTIM 

They haven’t told us yet only mattress and things like for hygiene and so.

HIPOLITO NOVELO, LOVE NEWS REPORTER 

But you’re happy for the response ?

RUTILIO VILLANUEVA, FIRE VICTIM 

I am happy. I thank them very much.

JUSTINA CHOC, FIRE VICTIM 

I can say thank God NEMO is helping us, thanks Allah because I said that if we, we were sleeping my neighbor if he didnt come help us and open the door and knock on the door maybe we would have burned in the house and things like that.

ADAN AGUILAR, FIRE VICTIM 

Yes, we have to appreciate what they give us because not everybody will give you now a days so you have to appreciate so I feel happy for what they are giving us and giving hs a little hand .

Reporting for Love News, I am Hipolito Novelo.

No one was injured in the fire as all families exited the buildings before the fire got out of control. 

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