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Belize

 

 

 

Lieutenant Colonel Shelton Defour
National Disaster Coordinator
National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO)

NEMO Headquarters
Belmopan City, Cayo
Belize

Tel: (501) 822-2054
Tel: (501) 822-0995
Fax: (501) 822-2861
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: http://www.nemo.org.bz

 

Synopsis of Belize

Location: 17 15 N, 88 45 W
Area: 22,966 km2 (land=22,806 km2; water=160 km2)
Coastline: 386 km
Climate: Tropical; very hot and humid; rainy season (May to November); dry season (February to May)
Terrain: Flat, swampy coastal plain; low mountains in south
Lowest Point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
Highest Point: Victoria Peak 1,160 m
Natural Resources: Arable land potential, timber, fish, hydropower
Natural hazards: Frequent, devastating hurricanes (June to November) and coastal flooding (especially in south)
Environmental issues: Deforestation; water pollution from sewage, industrial effluents, agricultural runoff; solid and sewage waste disposal
Population: 272,945 (July 2004 est.)
Ethnic groups: mestizo 48.7%, Creole 24.9%, Maya 10.6%, Garifuna 6.1%, other 9.7%
Languages: English (official), Spanish, Mayan, Garifuna (Carib), Creole

 

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