Belize. On October 8, Belize was hit by Hurricane Iris, the fourth major storm in three years. 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.
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|Gross domestic product (GDP)||3,218,000,000 USD|
|GDP growth rate||0.80%|
|GDP per capita||8,300 USD|
|GDP by sector|
|Proportion of the population below the national poverty line||41%|
|Distribution of household income|
|Top 10%||k. A.|
|Lower 10%||k. A.|
|Industrial production growth rate||-1.00%|
|Investment volume||24.4% of GDP|
|National debt||99.00% of GDP|
|Foreign exchange reserves||$ 368,300,000|
|Number of visitors||321,000|
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.
According to Countryaah, the population of Belize in 2001 was 283,689, ranking number 180 in the world. The population growth rate was 2.790% yearly, and the population density was 12.4419 people per km2.