A stationary cold front in the Yucatan Peninsula has brought heavy rains into the country of Belize and major flooding in the west and south of the country. The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has been issuing warnings as major highways, road and bridges have been flooded and their team is working arduously in helping persons living in the low lying areas.
Weather forecast calls for more rain as conditions remain moist and unstable. Skies will be cloudy to overcast today and one can expect several showers, periods of light rain and a few thunderstorms over most areas. Mariners have been asked to exercise caution because easterly to northeasterly winds with higher gusts near showers and thunderstorms will produce choppy sea conditions. The sea condition will be locally rough at times today. High temperatures today will be in the low 80’s along coastal areas, while in the countryside, the high will reach the upper 80’s. Similar weather conditions are expected through to Wednesday morning.
Motorists are asked to drive with extreme caution when driving the highways and secondary roads. NEMO remains vigilant and advises the general public to stay tune to their local radio and television stations for updates from NEMO and the National Met Service.
Ministry of Health Public Advisory # 1: Drinking Water Notice
Belmopan. October 28, 2013. After the continuous rains over the weekend, many residents have been experiencing flooding which has contaminated their drinking water, leaving it unsafe to drink and requiring treatment.
In order to avoid becoming ill, all households whose drinking water has been affected are asked to treat their water.
1. Add 1 tablespoon of Clorox to five gallons of water, mix completely and leave to stand for 30 minutes before using. DO NOT use bleach that has perfumes.
2. Boil water at a rolling boil for one minute.
3. Add water purification tablets according to directions on the package.
4. Report any leaks in pipe lines to BWS.
It is also highly recommended that for persons in the rural areas that experienced flooding and use well water to also treat their drinking water as it may not be safe for consumption. Water that is dark, has an odor or has floating pieces should NOT be used and should be disinfected.
The public is advised that the Ministry of Health continues to monitor the flooding situation to ensure all persons remain safe during this time of emergency.
For further Information please call the Ministry of Health at 822-2325/2363/2497
Reporter Patrick Jones has been very diligent over the weekend and has been reporting and posting news on his website and Facebook page. In his reports he mentioned that there were unconfirmed reports are that both the Mollejon and Vaca Dams are spilling at this time. Below are some pictures of the flooding around the country courtesy of Patrick Jones.