Since 1930, there have been 16 hurricanes, 8 of which were major Hurricanes that have either made landfall in Belize or passed close enough to cause damage or loss of life.

One of those phenomenon is Hurricane Janet which impacted Corozal on the 27th of September, 1955. Janet turned Corozal Town into rubble as it left only about 10 houses standing. The winds of Janet were up to 175 miles per hour also causing damage to neighboring Chetumal Quintana Roo, Mexico.

To date, 60 years after the phenomenon destroyed part of the north, Janet is still being remembered with an exhibit at the Corozal House of Culture.

Screen_Shot_2015-09-29_at_8.10.29_PMDeborah Wilkes Coordinator Corozal House of Culture

“Today we are focusing on the 60th anniversary of Hurricane Janet, a very important time in Corozal’s history so we have called upon the Historian Roy Rodriguez which will give a lecture on information that he has gathered through outdoors in the community on Hurricane Janet so we have two lectures this year here at the Corozal Junior College and it will be open to the public.”

According to director of the Corozal House of Culture, Deborah Wilkes the participation of students and the National Heritage Library in Belmopan has been overwhelming.

Deborah Wilkes Coordinator Corozal House of Culture

“It is so wonderful to see them here this morning and the information is getting out there through the Ministry of Education and we are thrilled to have these youngsters her taking part to learning about Corozal and we have also partnered with the National Heritage library they come from Belmopan and they have been documenting all these annual three lectures series and they will be providing a hard copy of these lectures.”

Next week the Corozal House of Culture will feature the Social History of Corozal Town from the early 1900’s. The lecture will be given by Oscar Riveroll at the Corozal Junior College Education Building.

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