The Mexican city of Chetumal, which received the direct hit of Hurricane Dean, is on Mexico’s border of Belize. The PAHO/WHO office in Belize has provided this early assessment of the situation:
- Hurricane Dean struck Belize on 21 August, shortly after midnight. There are reports of serious damage, especially in and around the Corozal District.
- A rapid assessment by the Ministry of Health indicates that there was no major damage to the health facilities in the north of the country; no fatalities have been reported.
- PAHO/WHO is assisting the Ministry of Health and UN System with situational assessment.