Making Belize Accessible
Hurricane Keith shattered Belize last year. The country is now beefing up its infrastructure and revamping its ports to facilitate trade and attract investment.
Hurricane Keith plowed into northern Belize in September
2000, ripping through the coastline with winds of 135 miles per
hour. A few hours later, the country's rivers were flooded,
affecting 17 villages and 60,000 people, or 25% of the
Keith inflicted damage on Belize estimated at $280
million. The country's fragile infrastructure bore the brunt of
the hurricane, with damage valued at about $45 million. Keith
flooded main routes and the feeder network along the northern
and western highways. Total damage to the road network is
estimated at $13.5 million. Seven percent of the country's
installed 53.1 megawatt electrical supply was damaged.
The country's history, its small size and a low population
density have held back the development of infrastructure. Only
after gaining independence in 1981 was Belize able to access
multilateral sources of financing. Even though the country
covers only 25,000...
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