Belize appeals for funds in the wake of Hurricane Lisa

Palm trees shift due to strong winds ahead of Hurricane Lisa’s landfall in Belize City on Nov. 2, 2022. – The northern part of Central America was on high alert Wednesday for Hurricane Lisa’s passage , with warnings of devastating winds, downpours and flash floods also affecting Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. (Photo by Johan ORDONEZ/AFP) (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

BELMOPAN, Belize (CMC) – The Government of Belize, in the wake of Hurricane Lisa, is requesting some US$11 million to meet immediate needs and provide basic food, household supplies and building materials to enable the affected population to have a level of human dignity.

On Wednesday, Hurricane Lisa crossed the mainland of the Caribbean Community country. Although no loss of life or serious injury was reported, approximately 39% of the population was affected, with early estimates of losses in the housing sector amounting to approximately BZD$20 million (9.6 million US dollars).

Meanwhile, the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute has expressed willingness to support the government and carry out damage assessments and distribution of supplies to farmers.

For its part, the Caribbean Public Health Agency stands ready to provide assistance regarding the reduction of waterborne diseases and the global surveillance and eradication of diseases.

Help is also coming from the International Federation of the Red Cross which has now purchased shelter kits, cleaning and hygiene kits which can help around 500 families as needed.

The Belize Red Cross says it works closely with the National Emergency Management Organization and has teams on the ground doing assessments.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Belize has conducted assessments and identified schools that have been damaged and have tents positioned around the country for use when needed.

Other regional and international entities, including the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association and the CARICOM Private Sector Organization, have pledged to support Belize where needed.

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