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Prompt Assistance for Crooked Tree residents after tornado Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 September 2011 00:00

Hon. Edmund Castro hands over the keys for the new house to Edward Westby.Less than a week since the twister tore through Crooked Tree, The Government of Belize (GOB) delivered help to the 12 families affected. On Friday August 26th, a truck from the Ministry of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) arrived in the Village with a delivery of construction supplies to aid in the rebuilding efforts.


In this package of supplies were nails, hurricane straps, Plycem, metal windows, fruit trees, barbed wires, and lumber in the form of 1X4’s, 2X4’s, and 4X4’s. Each villager’s name was appended to a certain amount of supplies that they were to receive, and that list was given to the Chairman of the Village Council, George Guest.

Area Representative, Hon. Edmund Castro, told the media that this delivery represented GOB’s commitment to assist those affected. He explained that Prime Minister Dean Barrow took the proposal to the Cabinet, and it was quickly approved.

The actual effort and funding came through the Hon. Melvin Hulse and NEMO. He also explained that Edward Westby, whose house was completely destroyed, would be receiving a brand new home, which would be delivered by the Mennonites. It was delivered shortly after the promise was made.

The Village Council’s Chairman, George Guest, and vice – Chairman, Steve Anthony, both said that they were satisfied with GOB’s and NEMO’s response in trying to provide relief. Anthony noted that he was pleasantly surprised that the response came so quickly.

The Chairman said that with this assistance, the village is well underway toward recovery.