100 seek shelter in churches amid peak rainy season in Costa Rica

September 26, 2008

A hundred Costa Ricans fled their drenched homes for refuge in dry shelters after heavy rains earlier this week and amid forecasts for more precipitation as the peak rainy season heads into its second month, the National Emergency Commission (CNE) said yesterday.

Preliminary damage reports show some 50 homes, four roads and several bridges (no official count was available) affected by the rain, many of them in the provinces of San José and Cartago.

Route 2 sustained a landslide at Kilometer 232, while other roads in Pérez Zeledón and Cipreses de Montes de Oca were also damaged.

CNE called its four shelters – all of which are housed in churches – part of a “preventive measure,” issuing a “green” alert, the lowest level of the cautionary weather warnings, for towns and villages throughout much of Costa Rica´s central Pacific, Central Valley and northwestern regions.

The alert covers a host of communities pummeled in recent storms, such as Bagaces, Santa Cruz, Nicoya and Tilarán in the north-central Chorotega region, Aguirre and Parrita in the Central Pacific, and the Southern Zone region of Pérez Zeledón. The list also includes the city of San José and nearby communities in Escazú, Santa Ana, Curridabat, Moravia and Montes de Oca.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Five things I learned while watching the sun set over El Clásico
Soccer
762 views
Soccer
762 views

Five things I learned while watching the sun set over El Clásico

Alejandro Zúñiga - October 22, 2018

TIBÁS — It’s difficult to enjoy a spectacular sunset while the concrete grandstand of a 50-year-old stadium shakes haphazardly under…

The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Oct. 22, 2018
Tico Times Weekly Digest
388 views
Tico Times Weekly Digest
388 views

The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Oct. 22, 2018

Alexander Villegas - October 22, 2018

It's Monday everyone. That means it's time for another dose of The Tico Times Weekly Digest. This week's Digest is…

This week in the Peace Corps: Lessons from indigenous communities in Limón province
Changemakers
843 views
Changemakers
843 views

This week in the Peace Corps: Lessons from indigenous communities in Limón province

Crystal / Regional Peace Corps Leader - October 22, 2018

After four years with Peace Corps Costa Rica, I am reflective about living and working in indigenous communities throughout Limón…