At 9 o’clock yesterday morning, the National Emergency Management Organization, NEMO issued the All Clear which came when Tropical Storm Earl was about fifty miles west of Belize City. It was noted, in that message from NEMO that 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. As it relates to the areas of priority in working towards normalcy, NEMO says those are currently the search and rescue, medical care, sheltering and looking after people affected, clearing of debris along the highways, restoration of utilities, inspection of airports and seaports. In a press conference held yesterday, minister with responsibility for NEMO, Edmond Castro spoke on the preliminary findings whilst Lieutenant Colonel Shelton De Four spoke of response to the people.
Prime Minster Dean Barrow in his introduction to the press briefing spoke on the recent rains and wind as well as the performance of the essential services.
In the release sent out by NEMO on Wednesday, it was stressed that the officials of the organization does view and acknowledge, the serious sufferings endured by thousands of Belizeans and the devastation of homes, businesses, government and private buildings. CEMO, the Police and eventually the BDF, responded to over one hundred Search and Rescue requests under extremely dangerous conditions in the middle of the Hurricane. The Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) resumed operations yesterday while the Ministry of Works began clearing the main highways and with that the bus schedule had resumed regular runs. NEMO, since Thursday has been responding to flash flooding in the Cayo District, warning that communities along the Macal and Mopan Rivers must seek higher ground immediately as all dams are at flood stage and as a result shelters were being opened. With all the efforts placed in preparation and response, Prime Minister Barrow sang praises of the various agencies particularly the Belize Police Department.