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Belmopan residents affected by fires in the area

Belmopan residents are complaining of not being able to breathe due to the smoke that has settled over the city. Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz has the details.

Belmopan residents are complaining of not being able to breathe due to the smoke that has settled over the city. Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz has the details.

Fem Cruz, Cayo Correspondent: As we continue to fight these public health changes at the same time hoping that everything will come back to normal we now have to cope with all the changes put in place by the Belmopan City Council to keep it’s people safe. Love News spoke to Mayor Khalid Belisle who updated us on the situation here in Belmopan.

Khalid Belisle, Mayor of Belmopan City: “In regards to the fire issue I know a lot of people have been expressing their concern about it the health issues posed and just the general inconvenience of it well I can tell you over the past few days or so the Department of the Environment via the Forestry Department in particular has been partnering with the local fire department as well as volunteers from the Belmopan City Council namely the Traffic Department to extinguish as much as they can some of these fires that have been burning in the peripheral areas of the city. I must thank Mr.Nelson Gallardo who generously donated his water truck over the weekend to assist in the effort, the council’s water truck of course was on hand and the guys from the fire department who have continued to tackle this issue I think we woke up this morning to a much clearer city in terms of the skies but of course in terms of air quality we’re seeing a major improvement there so we just continue to push and we ask that the residents continue to bear with us while we get things back to what’s going to be the new normal going forward.”