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Belize-Hurricane Iris

Damages from the storm are limited to the south of Belize, starting on the Placencia peninsula south to Punta Gorda. I went down this weekend-it's not so bad, considering. The wooden houses in both Placencia and Seine Bight villages were knocked down. The inns and resorts up the road suffered minor to major damages. Turtle Inn is gone-for a while anyway. Kittys will reopne Nov 1 and they are operational enough with rooms, power and restaurant, that they are renting to insurance and repair people. Ditto for Roberts Grove (Oct 25th reopening) and Rum Point Inn (3 weeks). They all have power, rooms okay enough to rent to insurance and people of that ilk. I did not get out to the reef to check coral damages, not did I get to Monkey River. MR town is very bad and hear there are still a few howler monkeys on the river, but they are still hanging around in shock. People are trying to move bananas lost in the storm to this area so the primates have food and stay around. The Maya villages in Toledo suffered the most damages and will be the ones that need the most aid. But you can't tell distress from the trees driving down til you get to about Maya Beach on the peninsula road. This storm was very compact and only hit certain areas. The rest of Belize is fine, including Hopkins north.

If anyone has questions about bookings, contact the Belize Tourist Board or me. I can help with info on the status of the hotels you may have booked.

Clean up and repairs have begun and we expect the villages on the peninsula to look better than before, sooner than we originally thought.

Health concerns will probably not apply, as there is plenty of good food and water around and the small population won't stress sanitary infratructure.

Katie Valk
Belize
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