The country of Belize is trying to recover from the onslaught of Hurricane Earl which made landfall in the country on August 3rd. According to Prime Minister Dean Barrow, at a press conference on Wednesday, hurricane relief funds have been slow in coming in; only 1.2 million dollars received so far, though damages have been estimated at over 100 million. Today, US Ambassador, his Excellency Carlos Moreno confirmed that the Belize Government has approached his country for assistance. He informed that they are in the process of compiling the different forms of assistance they will provide:
The proposals going forward to provide Hurricane assistance and initially USA the office foreign disaster assistance have provided the necessary funds for the day after fly overs that were conducted. We also provided hygiene kits and water filtration equipment’s to bullet tree falls on the west side and we have other proposals that I anticipate by the state department. As an Ambassador I have certain discretion authority and as we speak this morning I saw the approval of specific forms of assistance.
Moreno says they are also working closely with the Belize Red Cross in its relief efforts.