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The aftermath of Hurricane Earl, downed power, severe crop damage

Tulum, Q.R. – Communities south of Tulum remain in darkness from the effects of Hurricane Earl.

After the passing of the hurricane on Thursday, 12 communities along the Quintana Roo border are still without electricity despite efforts by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).

The towns were doused of power after Hurricane Earl downed three power poles, causing severe damage to the supply circuits. The high impact of Earl toppled the poles, laying the high voltage cables in cornfields. The downed poles were the casing lines that fed several villages.

CFE continues to work on the problem that affects nearly 1,000 people.

Earl is also responsible for severe crop damage in the district of Orange Walk, Belize, an area that borders the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Reports of more than 8,000 hectares of crop loss have been cited as fields were waterlogged and plants uprooted by the strong winds.

The National Organization of Emergency Management in Belize reported that several communities along the border experienced crop damage including 8,000 hectares of corn fields and 3,000 hectares of rice. An additional 100 hectares of land that grows crops of bananas, watermelon, papaya, habanero, tomatoes and squash were also destroyed by Hurricane Earl.

The general director of the Ministry of Agriculture of Belize, José Alpuche, said the crop damage will result in huge losses in the export of these products, especially corn.

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