Over the weekend, Minister of National Emergency Management and Area Representative for Belize Rural North Hon Edmond Castro led a NEMO response team in the village of Biscayne where a freak storm, which struck late Saturday afternoon April 22, 2017 around 5:00 PM, affected nine families.
Three homes were destroyed beyond repair and six others were significantly damaged, most of the families losing their roofs and much of their belongings. Fortunately, there was no loss of life or significant human injury resulting from the storm.
Hon Castro and the NEMO team delivered immediate relief supplies to the families, including mattresses and food stuff. Meanwhile, the affected homes are being assessed to determine what kind of assistance is needed for rebuilding and repairs.
Also, as part of the immediate emergency response, damaged electrical lines were restored by the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL).
Similar freak storms affected residents in Crooked Tree on August 20, 2011 and Maskall on October 8, 2014, both villages which are also located in Belize Rural North.