It has been almost four months since Hurricane Earl left in its wake hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages in the sectors of housing, agriculture and infrastructure. The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has spent the last few months conducting countrywide assessments and having replacement houses constructed. According to Minister for NEMO, Edmund Castro the work will carry on for another two weeks before the project closes.
Over the course of the last few weeks, there have been some criticisms that the houses being handed over to residents around the country are not up to par. The homes are starter homes and in some cases the partitions and dressing for the structures are left up to the homeowners. We asked Minister Castro to respond to the criticisms.
There are a few more houses left to be handed over in the Belize District including Caye Caulker as well as in other areas. At the end of the housing project, NEMO would have handed over three hundred houses built at about twenty thousand dollars each.