Tropical Storm Arthur

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Belize Red Cross Headquarters. To store mounting in-kind donations, a temporary storage unit is brough in.

Tropical Storm Arthur formed on Saturday May 31st, 2008 and made landfall in Northern Belize on the Yucatan Peninsula before becoming the first storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. The rains from tropical storm Arthur compounded the effects of tropical storm Alma which had developed in the Eastern Pacific on May 27th.

 

Heavy rains throughout Belize caused rivers across the country to overflow. Together, storms Alma and Arthur brought approximately 15 inches of rain over 36 hours across Belize causing flash flooding in low lying areas.

Smile!

 

Due to the difficulty in accessing the affected communities, the Belize Red Cross has yet not been able to conduct detailed assessments in all affected areas. Information from existing assessment reports from various agencies are conflicting with number of affected population ranging from 5,000 to as much as 13,000.

 

As a result of the storm, I was asked at 8pm Monday 2 June 2008  to deploy to Belize to support the Belize Red Cross.  Within 1 hour myself and Lorena (Logistics RIT from PADRU) had flights booked and headed to the airport at 3am that morning to arrive in Belize by 10am on Tueday. 

 

Over the past several days, Lorena and I have worked with the Belizean Red Cross to draft a Plan of Action targeting 500 families (2500 individuals) affected by the floods.

 

With luck, the rains will hold off for the next several weeks, alowing for the country to rebuild critical infrastructure that was lost due to TS Arthur. 

 

24NascarFan says:
WOW! Finally took the time to look at this and catch up on some past entries!! You are a traveling fool! Flooding in Nebraska and Flooding in Belize . . . hmmmm, wonder which one I'd rather work at??
Posted on: Jun 10, 2008
alyssa_ob says:
Good luck! Belize is a very beautiful country with nice people. You are making a world of difference to those people. Keep up the good work!
Posted on: Jun 09, 2008
jonoa says:
Hi All,

The quickest and most efficient way to contribute to the relief is by wire transfer. This goes directly to the Belize Red Cross. We currently are underfunded by approx 100k to carry out our relief efforts and every donation would be greatly appreciated.

By wire transfer:
Swift # FCIB BZ BZ

Donations by mail can be sent:
Belize Red Cross,
First Caribbean International Bank
21 Albert Street
Belize City, Belize

Or send a cheque:
Belize Red Cross
P.O. Box 413
Belize City, Belize

http://belize.caribbeanredcross.org/

Thanks for your help!!!
Posted on: Jun 09, 2008
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Disaster Committee finance breakout
Disaster Committee finance breakout
Disaster Committee finance breakout
Disaster Committee finance breakout
Disaster Committee finance breakout
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View from the hotel into the Atlan…
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Lighthouse near the hotel
Lighthouse near the hotel
Lighthouse near the hotel
Lighthouse near the hotel
Beautiful sunset in Belize City
Beautiful sunset in Belize City
Beautiful sunset in Belize City
Beautiful sunset in Belize City
Beautiful sunset in Belize City
Beautiful sunset in Belize City
Flooding in the south of Belize
Flooding in the south of Belize
Rescue efforts underway...
Rescue efforts underway...
See the car parked on the porch?
See the car parked on the porch?
Devistating damanges in Belize
Devistating damanges in Belize
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The boat doesnt belong there...
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Livelyhoods affected...
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