Belize gets IDB funding for hurricane relief

Sunday, August 14, 2016

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WASHINGTON, DC, (CMC) — The Inter- American Development Bank (IDB) is providing a grant of US$200,000 to Belize to help in the rehabilitation efforts following the passage of Hurricane Earl earlier this month.

The Washington-based financial institution said that the objective of the grant is to support the National Emergency Management Organization’s (NEMO) efforts to assist vulnerable populations in communities damaged by high winds and floods in various parts of the country.

It said that based on NEMO’s initial assessment of the most immediate needs, the assistance will support the Belize Government’s efforts to provide the required relief in the "hardest hit communities" in Cayo, Orange Walk and Stann Creek Districts.

The funds will be used for food supplies, potable water, materials for temporary shelters, transportation costs, and medicine, among other emergency relief items, the IDB said.

The Dean Barrow Government is still assessing the impact of the storm that hit the Caribbean Community country on August 4.

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