The thick smoke that has been affecting some villages in the Corozal District over several weeks has cleared up. Chairman Elvis Correa of San Narciso Village, one of the affected villages, says the smoke has cleared up for at least three days now and so has the stench that had accompanied the smoke.
Elvin Correa Chairman, San Narciso Village: “I received a call from the Ministry of Health that the Mexicans have informed that they are controlling the place there at Chetumal or something like that.”
Dalila Ical: “So over the weekend it started?”
Elvis Correra Chairman, San Narciso Village: “Well a little bit, not much especially around 4 o’clock, 3 o’clock in the morning, the bad odor would fill the air.”
Dalila Ical: “How long did you guys have to deal with that?”
Elvis Correra Chairman, San Narciso Village: “Well this thing started I think on the 17th of March from Sunday to Monday. That was one of the worst nights that we have ever lived because the smoke was black and a lot of bad order was all around here. As I feel this thing that was happening I contacted the Chairman of Patchakan, Yo Chen, Concepcion, San Victor and those that were feeling it in San Roman and Santa Clara, they were feeling that smoke there too and the bad order.”
Dalila Ical: “And these other villages, have it cleared up as well?”
Elvis Correra Chairman, San Narciso Village: “Yes as well.”
Dalila Ical: “Were there any serious health implications for anybody in the village. Was there any report?”
Elvis Correra Chairman, San Narciso Village: “A lot, a lot especially young children. I heard that there is a lot of something in throat, a lot of children had that so far, especially in the school.”
Dalia Ical: “Nobody was eventually hospitalized, nothing?”
Elvis Correra Chairman, San Narciso Village: “As I know, no. I don’t know if there is someone but their person that informed me, no I don’t know.”
San Narciso is the largest village in the Corozal District with approximately three thousand residents. There are approximately six hundred children enrolled in the primary school in that community.