Heavy rains provoke green alert

July 11, 2014

 

 
Costa Rica’s National Emergency Commission (CNE) issued a green alert on Sunday for almost the entire country after intense rains pounded 15 cantons over the weekend.
The alert, the lowest of the country’s three alert levels, is in effect for the Central Valley, Cartago province, east of San José, the Southern and Northern Pacific zones and for several towns along the Caribbean Slope.
The CNE advises citizens to be on alert for saturated grounds that could collapse and to be watchful of high river levels that could provoke floods.
Approximately 78 millimeters of rain fell in San José from Friday through Sunday. The northwestern province of Guanacaste received roughly 157 millimeters of rain last weekend, according to the National Meteorological Institute.
Hundreds of Costa Ricans saw rivers and streams flood their homes and businesses throughout the country. Dozens of people were temporarily moved to evacuation shelters.
Shelters in two Southern Zone cantons – Abangares and Golfito – remained open through the weekend and are housing victims after a dam on the Río Claro broke on Saturday.
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