[IMG: Hurricane Mitch approaching Honduras on 1998 October 26, 13:15 UT.; Credit: Dennis Chesters, Marit Jentoft-Nilsen, Craig Mayhew, and Hal Pierce, Laboratory for Atmospheres, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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Date: Sat, 31 Oct 1998 18:41:53 +0100 From: Adrián Angel Viudes Viudes (aviudes@apc.es) Subject: Antonys key resort we are from spain and just left 3 days before the hurricane.we were evacuated from belize.we are very worried about the people from the resort we stayed.specially Omar the divemaster,joel,and amado .please if someone see them tell them that we have them in ours heart.if there is something we can do from here(spain)let us know. Arantxa viudes and Marta dominguez .e mail.:30086avv@comb.es
Date: Sat, 31 Oct 1998 00:06:48 -0600 From: gonzalo a. rosado (gonzalo@btl.net) Subject: Through Mitch Hello Friend,   I believe my subject speaks for itself.  It is through Mitch that we are getting to know each other.  When I wrote my S.O.S message to the cyber world I was barricaded in my tiny office stressed out, apprehensive, scared, excited, fearful etc.  Today I am very relaxed listening to Kenny Rogers and country music.  I like country music.  I have removed all the imprisoning plywood around my windows, and wood from my doors..   Mitch taught us a lesson. It enable us to seek God, friendship, kindness, solidarity, love, strenght from within, etc. It revealed to us harsh reality.  Proverbs were well proven, you name them: "A bird in the bush is worth two in the hand" , "God helps those who help themselves", " Early bird catches the worm", "It is better late than never", "Make hay while the sun shines", " A prepared man has the value of two" etc..    I would like to tell you are welcomed any day you set foot on our soil.  I am speaking for all Belizeans who possess a Belizean heart and mind. Come to my village any time. I felt very happy when I received your message. I want to tell you, that we did not see anything of Mitch around our village except the flooded river and a gust of wind which scared the soul of the whole village, after that, it all boiled down to fishing.  I believe you know that when the river floods it is easier to catch the bigger fishes.  Well, everyone happily went fishing after Mitch.  I know that you should visit the Mayan temple in my web page. After you posted my report on your site the massive downpour of strengthening and inspiring messages I received was more than Mitch could handle, thank you.   We were all conscious of the impact and ramifications that a category 5 hurricane would have had on our lives. Hence, it was discussed over and over around the river banks, in the bus, at the bank in town, etc.  Plenty of the "refugees" from the islands, coastal towns and villages left the main center of the country,our beloved Cayo District, to their homes. You may take a look at my webpage to know exactly where and what I am speaking about.  Hurricane shelters such as churches, schools, community centers were sadly abandoned by their guests.  The Belize River. Mopan River and Macal River are flooded but within normal proportions.   A category 5 hurricane would have demolished, destroyed, and devastated our hearts, commumities, country, life, and all that we are and offer to the world.  We are a very small country that lives off eco-tourism, orange trees, sugar cane, bananas, rice, vegetables, fruits, fishes, lobsters, marine exports, livestock, and true, real, human hospitality.  All of the above are in some way or the other affect by any category of a hurricane. We thank the Lord and all the people who prayed for us.  Our hearts are with the people of Honduras.  We are at this point assessing damage suffered so as to be able to offer help and assistance to our brothers and sisters in Honduras   Read My page and find yourself at home in my country. I will wait for you at my village.   Lets keep in touch in the future! I remain your correspondent! Recommend my page to all those who cross your benevolent path:   http://www.geocities.com/thetropics/cabana/4764   For God, People, and Country,   G.Rosado JPBS
Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 20:36:20 -0600 From: gonzalo a. rosado (gonzalo@btl.net) Date: Friday, October 30, 1998 8:21 PM Subject: Hurrah! Come All To Visit Belize Hello Friends Of The World,   Hurrah! Hurrah!  Thanks to you all for all your prayers, in our greatest moment of need, and the promises of assistance you have offered to us.  MITCH IS NO LONGER, THE LORD HAS PROTECTED ALL OF US! Our great barrier reef is safe for all of you to see. San Pedro is coming alive as I write.  Our great wonderful country has been spared from the monstrous Mitch.  We are preparing to receive you as you pack your things to travel to our exotic beautiful country.   We are having a little rain, but it is a MORIBUND MITCH. FOLLOW ALL YOUR PLANS, COME TO BELIZE.  Our wild life is intact and more alive than before, our forests are greener, there has been a lot of water for them.  Our great mayan temples are drying up for you to climb and photograph them. Our cayes are opening their doors to receive you as the sea is abating to a tamed, tranquil, shallow, blue barrier reef ( a world heritage) filled with friendly marine life.    We thank you all for your good wishes, and prayers.  We were all heard.  There has been absolutely no report on loss of life ( thank you all) and very little loss in material things. We were prepared for the worst all over the country.  We thank our Government of Belize,  We thank Patty Arceo for inspiring confidence in us, We thank the Weather Channel, We thank  our local radio stations, and We applaud for ourselves.  We prepared ourselves, and the Lord helped us.    When you all visit us, you will hear interesting anecdotes from the critical moments that Mitch made us pass through.  There was love, kindness, sharing and solidarity never before put to the test.  There was fun in the mass exodus from the coast and cayes, in  our villages, etc. Visit My Primitive Page to convince yourself that it is time for you to come to Belize!! http://www.geocities.com/thetropics/cabana/4764   For God, People, and Country   G.Rosado JP BS  
Date: Thu, 29 Oct 1998 01:23:34 -0600 From: gonzalo a. rosado (gonzalo@btl.net) Hello Gert, [...] My name is Gonzalo Rosado of San Jose Succotz Village in the Cayo District of Belize. It is an inland district. I possess a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and I am a teacher. I am also a member of the Human Rights Commission Of Belize and a Justice of The Peace. [...] I am informing you that we are on Hurricane Warning, with our two red flags with a black dot in the middle (phase three). The government has played a major role in the evacuation of all cayes, islands, and coastal city and towns. Belize City, Ambergris Caye, Caye Cauker, and other islands have been evacuated to near totallity. People on the districts have taken the hurricane warnings seriously so as to prevent human loss and material damage. Homes have been sealed, reenforced, and stock piled with the necessary food to weather the coming hurricane. Hurricane shelters have been opened. Many people who feel that their homes are not secure enough have moved into the shelters for the night. During the day they go home to prepare food, and do other necessities. People from the coastal towns and city have travelled inland for security reasons. Here at my village of Succotz people have rented homes to fleeing persons from Corozal, Orange Walk, Stann Creek, Toledo, and Belize District. The local Xunantunich Hotel is filled to its maximum as well as the other hotels in San Ignacio and Benque Viejo. Many rivers are getting flooded. The Mopan River in the Cayo District is flooded. A ferry that crosses it has been secured to a certain extent. The Macal River is flooding and a wooden bridge that joins two towns has been covered with water. Many other rivers around the country are flooding their banks. Government authorities have called on all people along the river banks to seek higher grounds. The Mojellon Hydorelectric Power Plant might have to let go its waters because it has become too much for it to hold. It has been raining for the past three days. Schools have been closed since Monday. I would like you to take a look at my primitive page at: http://www.geocities.com/thetropics/cabana/4764 For God, People, and Country G. Rosado JP BS
Just got the following e-mail from Susan Garcia, pointing me to a great website, similar to mine. Since I don't have any correspondents in Belize (I am more focused on the islands) it is great to see that other people are willing to sacrifice their time as well. It really takes a lot of time to maintain a website in situations like this (I am still 'recuperating' from Georges). -Gert Date: Tue, 27 Oct 1998 17:18:04 -0800 From: Susan G. Garcia (susangg@dnai.com) Subject: www.ambergriscaye.com/hurricane.html HELLO: Please put up a link on your hurricane page to www.ambergriscaye.com/hurricane.html This page is updated every few minutes with info direct from Ambergris Caye, Belize (and sometimes from other parts of Belize). The webmaster of this site is working 24 hours a day to get info to and from Belizeans and people interested in Belize re how the hurricane is impacting people, passing messages back and forth, etc. Thank you! Susan Guberman-Garcia, Attorney at Law Phone: 510-792-2639 Fax: 510-739-6201 Email: susangg@dnai.com

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