The residents of the Maya Mopan area in Belmopan are feeling neglected by the City Council, who they say provide little to no help when their area was flooded last week. Our news team was in the area last week when we observed several yards under water as well as some homes. When we went to the area to see how the residents are managing, we found some of them trying to manage as they lost furniture and agricultural crops.
“I actually got affected by crossing our yard because sometimes it’s very difficult and sometimes even the water just goes inside the house and all the clothes sometimes get wet or our stuff and that’s why we need to change it to another direction.”
Courtney Menzies, Love FM News: Did you get any major property damage like maybe any appliances or furniture?
“Yeah with the sofas I think they kind of got soaked with water and other stuff. Right now I’m living for some few weeks and during the rain it gets flooded.”
“My dad does agriculture and all of his crops got lost because he does his planting beside a creek and it got flooded so all the corn he had planted went along with the creek when it grew. He also had some watermelons planted and they all got lost and some melons and cucumbers and there are also two other farmers around there and one of them, well both of them were actually living beside the creek and the creek actually took away all of their crops.”
The dilemma for the residents is exacerbated when the flood water provides a breeding ground for mosquitoes. One woman told us that the pond behind her home is one those deeply infested places with mosquitoes.
“We need something to be done with the pond because of the mosquitoes maybe they could put something in it to kill the mosquito so they don’t germinate or something like that because we do really have a lot of mosquitoes at night time. My son has caught Dengue twice in less than a year so really really kind of afraid he might end up having Dengue again because he’s a disabled child, he’s a special needs child. It’s worse now we haven’t been like this for quite a long time. It floods but it goes down quickly but now it’s stagnant it doesn’t move at all and this rain was over a week and it was really really high and as far as now it’s not going anywhere so we need City Council to come behind here, not only when election time but come on come do something for us behind here.”
Courtney Menzies, Love FM News: And you said the street floods too ?
“Yes the streets are full of water you know sometimes the vehicles you know big holes, pot holes.”
We attempted to contact Belmopan Mayor, Khalid Belisle, to see how the council will address the issue but we were told that he would be in an all-day meeting.