Yesterday afternoon’s powerful storm spawned a hail shower in the Corozal area but also left significant damage in Belize City and the Ladyville/Lord’s Bank community. PLUS News spoke to a homeowner in Belize City who suffered as a result.
Anthony Jones – Storm Victim:
A rain was starting, and then I tell my wife, “Look like we are going to get wet tonight.”
The whole of my rooftop gone off.
[There were] four of us [in the house], me, Lola, and my baby, and my step-son.
Everything get wet up, mattress, stove. Everything get wet up.
I am hoping [to get help].
It was more of the same in Lords’ Bank where this man ran into trouble trying to protect his family. He says no one, especially him, saw this coming.
Mr Anderson – Storm Victim:
It look like a normal lee rain di come. A normal lee rain turn into a mad rain, mad squall and everything.
It seem like the house OK.
[The roof] just rock and rock, lift up and just blow away. After that the roof start to lick we. [we] just try to get to safety.
Central emergency management coordinator and Belize City Councilor Philip Willoughby was out today assessing damage and he says the national apparatus is at work to bring relief.
Philip Willoughby – CEMO Coordinator:
I believe so. I think within the assessments this morning, Minister King was on the ground with us. Since then he communicated with me that himself and Minister Hulse were in communication, and they will be briefed at the conclusion of the assessments, and the reports will be forwarded. So I hope that with reasonable time that the families will be assisted.
An estimate of total damage at this point is unknown.
Meanwhile, there was also extensive damage done in the Mennonite Community of Shipyard during last night’s thunderstorm, where a house was overturned, roofs were blown off and many chickens died. The photos you’re seeing are courtesy of Estereo Amor.