Belize. On October 8, Belize was hit by Hurricane Iris,
the fourth major storm in three years. According to
Countryaah, the hurricane left
behind about twenty dead, thousands of destroyed houses and
13,000 homeless. The material devastation was particularly
great on the Placencia Peninsula, where Belize's tourism
industry is concentrated and where 90% of the facilities are
damaged or destroyed, as well as in the southern part of the
country, which was declared a disaster area.
Values for $ 275 million are estimated to have been
wasted, not least in the agricultural sector; close to 5,000
hectares of arable land, for example. devastated.