Flooding in Belize disrupts transportation and causes health concerns

Belize received heavy rainfall starting October 16 that caused flash flooding in areas across the country, including Belize City, the most affected area. More rain is in the forecast for today, but clearing later in the day. Flooding has brought Belize City to a standstill with major transportation disruption.

Advice For Travellers

Access in and out of Belize City is limited due to flooded roads and highways.

The Ministry of Health has advised against the public to avoid contact with flooded waters due to the risk of diarrheoa, Hepatitus A, leptospirosis, parasites and other problems. The advisory asks the public to use bottled water, to fully boil water for at least one minute, or add 1/8 teaspoon (8 drops) of bleach (Clorox/Javax) to each gallon of water. The water should be stirred and allowed to sit for 30 minutes before consumption.

Avoid food that may have come into contact with flood water.

The Ministry also asked the public to take precautions against mosquito bites to prevent dengue, chikungunya, and malaria. Use mosquito repellent, sleep under a mosquito net, and wear clothing that covers arms and legs.

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