Flooding in Rural North Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 June 2012 00:00

Flood waters caused damage to homesFlood waters in the Belize Rural North area spanning from about mile 40 on the Northern Highway to Sandhill Village and into Maskall Village on the Old Northern Highway is severely affecting residents living in that area. The waters are slowly beginning to recede but not before leaving an extraordinary amount of damage in its wake.

The Guardian visited the area on Tuesday June 6th and found farmers and residents trying to cope with the devastation of the flood waters. Ramiro Chi is a farmer, who rears chickens and pigs at his farm at mile 36 on the Northern Highway. When we found him, he was wading through  knee-high water assessing the damage that his farm sustained. According to Chi, he has lost over 50 layer hens, which, on a weekly basis, would provide him with hundreds of eggs. The flood waters however have killed much of his coop and there is no moving forward yet as the waters remain on his farm. Chi says he also lost a pig while others were under water for the better part of Sunday night as the rains fell in the area. Chi says that he has not yet done an assessment of the damage he sustained but a rough estimate he provided is somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000 dollars in damages.

The story is similar for Magdaleno Jacobo, who also keeps a farm near mile 36 on the Northern Highway. We found Jacobo lying in a hammock, also waiting for the waters to recede while his sheep ate grass in the flood waters. Jacobo says he has been farming in the area for over 6 years and this is the worst flood he has seen. He says he has lost thousands of dollars in crops including sweet peppers, watermelons, tomatoes and plantain trees. Jacobo is like many other farmers on the Old Northern Highway, who have sustained great damage as a result of the flooding in the area. Estimates are that as many as 50 farmers have received similar damage in the area. The Ministry of Agriculture has already gone in to make assessments after which they will present a report and devise ways in which the farmers can be assisted. 

While farms have sustained the brunt of the devastation, portions of the Old northern Highway are under water. The bridge near Kings College is under water and residents traversing the area have to exercise extreme caution while doing so. 

According to Area Representative Hon. Edmund Castro, he has been prodding the National Emergency Management Organization into action to mobilize heavy equipment to assist in clearing drains for faster draining of affected areas in particular residential areas.