As of 9:00 a.m. the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) declared the ALL CLEAR phase for the country of Belize as the storm continues to weaken while continuing on its tracks westward, away from Belize.
Although the ALL CLEAR Phase has been declared some squally conditions are still likely and seas will be rough. Therefore small craft warning remains in effect for offshore waters.
PRIORTY OF WORK: Search and Rescue, medical care, sheltering and looking after people affected, clearing of debris along the highways, restoration of utilities, inspection of airports and seaports.
NEMO with much concern acknowledges serious sufferings endured by thousands of Belizeans and the devastation of homes, businesses, government and private buildings. Major infrastructure and building damage, many roads and streets are blocked in San Pedro, Caye Caulker, Belize City, and Ladyville, Belize River Valley, Orange Walk, Belmopan and other affected areas.
Central Emergency Management Organization (CEMO), the Police and eventually the BDF, responded to over one hundred Search and Rescue requests under extremely dangerous conditions in the middle of the Hurricane. Neighbor to neighbor assistance and care giving, highlighted the Belizean spirit of unity when we are faced with danger and this must be applauded. Thanks to LOVE F.M and all other media houses for an exceptional job in keeping the public informed.
Roofing and broken lumber, down trees, electrical wires, splinters and nails are strewn all over the San Pedro, Caye Caulker Cayes, Belize City, Ladyville, Lords Bank and River Valley and can cause serious injuries.
The Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) will resume operations today.
The Ministry of Works is clearing the main highways. Highways from Benque to Belize City are open at this time. Later today the bus schedule will resume.
NEMO is now responding to flash flooding in the Cayo District. Communities along the Macal and Mopan River must seek higher ground immediately. All dams are at flood stage. Shelters are being opened. Put your flood plan into action. Do not stay in a building near flood waters.