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The incessant heavy rains over the past weekend in caused families in the Corozal District to move out of their homes and move in with relatives.

According to District Coordinator for NEMO, Corozal Willard Levy, the heavy rains caused flooding in the Villages of Libertad, Progresso, Santa Clara and Louisville. Libertad, Santa Clara and Louisville were the most affected.

Screen_Shot_2016-06-20_at_8.03.59_PMWillard Levy District Coordinator for Corozal NEMO

“We had extensive flooding, the reports that I got was from Libertad, Progresso, Santa Clara, Louisville and San Narciso, and those were the only villages that I got reports from.  Mostly affected was Libertad, Santa Clara and Louisville, we had the shelters prepared to house them but they did not go to the shelters they preferred going to relatives and friends, the relief and supplies committee had made an assessment of damages and that is what we did during Saturday and Sunday and together with that we gave out some food supplies and cleaning supplies, we are supposed to be giving out some mattresses to some areas that were really wet and damaged and we are doing that but we are waiting for the rains to pass a little because we can’t be giving out mattresses during the rain.”

Although the weekend rains have started to dissipate, it did affect almost 38 families whom all decided to stay with relatives instead of shelters that were opened by NEMO.

Willard Levy District Coordinator for Corozal NEMO

“Families affected as reported in Libertad we had about thirty families, in Santa Clara we had about six families and in Louisville we had two families other than that we haven’t had any report from other villages that moved over to their families or anything because like I said we didn’t get any report from their community leaders or anybody from that village, I wouldn’t say it would be serious from the other villages otherwise they would have called immediately because Libertad and Progresso called on Saturday early saying that they had a flooding situation that is why we responded on Saturday morning and started to do a survey so far it is too premature to say that we are going to have any developments during the rest of the week, the rains so far are gradually moving on into the Yucatan Peninsula and into the Gulf of Mexico so we could actually say that the rains of the weekend are starting to disseminate.”

Contributing to the flooding were clogged drains hence why Levy advices residents of Corozal to work along with the Town Council in keeping the drains free of garbage.

Willard Levy District Coordinator for Corozal NEMO

“One of the main reasons why Libertad has suffered a serious flooding is because the culverts and drains are clogged up I had advise them during the dry season to start to clear up and making sure to clear up their drains and culverts but apparently this was not done and as a consequence these families suffered this flooding and all these flooding are coming from all the way from San Narciso, Santa Clara, San Roman, Louisville and that moves on into the savannah behind Santa Clara and that pours down into Libertad and that is why Libertad had the intense flooding.  My message to the people of Corozal town is that they should try if there is a drain don’t clogged it up, you know there is a place to put your garbage put it there the trucks pass every day, they’ll take care of that, to the members of the community yes we would ask them to please cooperate along with the town council and keep the front of your area clean and clear so that if any water runs in front of your area it can flows easily and avoid flooding to yourself or to your neighbor.”

NEMO has already liaised with the Public Health Department to immediately commence the destruction of possible mosquito breeding sites.

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