Cabinet has received the results of a post-flood assessment in the wake of the downpours last Wednesday and Thursday. Because the floods caused damage to the nation’s highways and primary feeder roads, valued in the millions of dollars, Cabinet has given support for supplemental appropriations of 12 million Belize dollars, which will be presented to the House of Representatives to cover the cost of these emergency repairs. We asked the Ministry of Infrastructure Development’s Engineering Coordinator, Evondale Moody, about what are the immediate priorities in the wake of last week’s events.
Evondale Moody, Engineer Coordinator, MIH: “That $12 million that has been requested, those will be used for flooding that has occurred on the secondary roads within the central and northern districts, not on the Philip Goldson Highway itself so there will be more focus on the rural roads that has been affected due to the floods. There’s a number of roads that will be tackled using that funds, however; they’re going to be done in segments and so it’s difficult for me to give you a mileage in terms of the extent of works because it’s going to vary significantly from district to district.”
A House meeting is taking place on Wednesday.