Yesterday, when Mum and some friends from Germany called, worried about Stan threatening Belize, I was still sitting in the hammock, not being concerned at all. It hadn't even rained that day. Last night, however, we had so much rain that our front yard flooded and the creek that used to be dry is now flowing. Still, here in Western Belize, besides the rivers rising, there is no direct threat. In Orange Walk, in the Northern Belize, there have been evacuations, however!
Excerpt from the news:Stan Floods Northern Belize
It never developed into a major storm, but tropical depression Stan has left a path of devastation in El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico as a result of the torrential rains that accompanied it over the past few days. At home, the after-effects of heavy rains have not caused any mudslides or death, but there are reports of significant flooding in some parts of the country. Areas to the west of Orange Walk have started to flood. Villages including Yo Creek, Guinea Grass, Black Water, San Antonio and Douglas are experiencing rising water as a result of the Rio Hondo beginning to crest. There are also reports that some families have had to be evacuated from Black Water Village as their homes have been inundated. For those of you who don't know, Black Water is adjacent to Trial Farm. With more rains expected over the next few days we anticipate that the waters will continue to rise and the rivers will continue to swell with water coming down from neighboring countries. We'll continue to monitor the situation as it develops.
I will keep you up-to-date! Today it is sunny, but cloudy, and we hope it stays that way. The rivers can only take so much rain ....
We are not really worried yet, but some of our neighbours, who have relatives in Guatemala and in El Salvador, are, because there is no communication with those parts of Guatemala, where Stan poured and left those countries with flooding and mud slides.
All these catastrophes, in SEAsia, in America, China, everywhere ... and humankind still thinks they are superior and can control everything. We can do nothing. Nature will always be stronger and show us just how tiny and insignificant we are in the big picture. And some other thoughts: WE are responsible for what is happening in the world. Not only weatherwise. Definitely. I wonder if some other people think the same ... Seems not so many ...
Well, my dear friends and family, I need to get back to work.
I will let you know what is happening!