Country Report Belize October 1996 Main report

Regional review: Hurricanes leave a trail of destruction

Two hurricanes and a tropical storm in the third quarter caused a reported 39 deaths and damage estimated at about US$200m. The most destructive was September's Hurricane Hortense, which in Puerto Rico caused 24 deaths and damage of over US$175m, including severe flooding, the disruption of power and water supplies, and property and crop losses. Hortense also brought eight deaths, flooding and damage in the Dominican Republic. In July Hurricane Bertha hit St Maarten and several islands to the north-west. Five people died, but damage was comparatively light. In August a tropical storm, Cesar, caused two deaths and damage to buildings in Curacao, plus some disruption in the Windward Islands.

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