25 Oct 2010

Hurricane Richard batters Belize

4:34 pm on 25 October 2010

Hurricane Richard has struck the tiny Central American nation of Belize, knocking out electricity as tourists and residents huddled in government shelters.

Richard made landfall just south of Belize City and was expected to weaken to a tropical depression and enter Mexico's main oil producing region in the Bay of Campeche on Tuesday, Reuters reports.

Belize's government said no injuries or deaths had been reported.

The former British colony is a popular destination for foreign tourists who are drawn to its lush jungles, palm-fringed cayes and coral reef.