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Desperation in Belize due to spreading wildfires

Belmopan, May 27 (Prensa Latina) The Toledo district, in southern Belize, on Monday reported growing desperation among its residents due to the spread of forest fires that are devastating the area with extensive material destruction.

Belize Live News reported that people in places like San Miguel are crying out for urgent help as the proximity of the fire poses a serious threat to their lives, homes and livelihoods.

‘The situation in Toledo is desperate and the need for assistance is immediate.”

The time for action is now. By joining forces and extending a helping hand, we can make a tangible difference in this crisis and demonstrate the power of human compassion in the face of adversity,’ the media outlet said.

The news website quoted a testimony from Itzely Peña, a resident of Corozal town, about the desperate struggle of locals to contain the flames with limited resources and in the midst of thick smoke surrounding the area.

She identified areas in critical condition where immediate assistance is needed, such as providing respirators to protect breathing health, sending professionals to combat the blaze, opening safer shelters, and providing essential items to families who lost or are at risk of losing their homes.

Just a week ago, the Government of Belize suspended classes in Toledo due to the impact of the forest fires and the resulting environmental contamination.

In fact, it did not rule out the possibility that more districts will enforce this provision, since the country is affected by persistent heat and the atmosphere is laden with toxic smoke due to the fires burning uncontrollably on its territory.

In the last few days, meteorological authorities have decreed alerts for extreme heat more than once and Health authorities have issued recommendations to be followed by the population to avoid casualties due to the climatic situation.

The panorama is more complex because a dense column of dust from the Sahara desert has arrived in the country, which contributes to the rise in temperatures and pollution.