Hurricane Richard Dumps Heavy Rains In Belize Before Weakening

October 26th, 2010 - 5:54 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
belizeBelize City, Oct 26, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Central American nation of Belize had to bear the brunt of Hurricane Richard over the weekend as large scale evacuations were carried out to bring the residents to safety. After hitting Belize as a category 1 hurricane late Sunday, Richard has lost considerable strength and is now on its way to the Gulf of Mexico, weather officials have stated. Hurricane Richard is the first hurricane to make a landfall in the Central American nation in about five decades.

In the wake of the Hurricane Richard, large parts of the country had to suffer extensive damage as electricity lines were cut, houses were damaged and trees remained uprooted on the roads. A local news source has reported that an estimated 3,000 people have fled their houses and have taken shelter in temporary locations although any reports of loss of life has not been available as yet. In the meanwhile, the United States National Hurricane Center has divulged that Hurricane Richard is now making its way towards the west-northwest direction at 15 kilometers per hour and is centered at a distance of 90 kilometers in the southeastern part of Ciudad Del Carmen, Mexico. As the hurricane has lost momentum, it has been downgraded into a tropical depression, weather officials have said.

Belize City was ravaged by the Hurricane Hattie way back in the year 1961 after which the capital inland was moved to Belmopan although Belize City still remains the central American nation’s population center. The city authorities are now trying to deal with the destruction that has been caused by Hurricane Richard in the last few days.

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