Cold front claims fourth victim in Costa Rica

December 12, 2017

High winds claimed the life of a fourth victim in Costa Rica as the cold front that has been moving through the country since the weekend continued to cause accidents, power outages and other problems.

A report from National Emergency Commission (CNE) spokeswoman Nancy Madrigal on Monday evening indicated that the fourth victim of accidents related to the cold front died in Turrialba. Madrigal said that the victim was an indigenous man who attempted to cross the Siripi River on Saturday and was carried away by the strong current. His body was found on Monday.

Several rivers around the country are running high following days of heavy rains, the CNE reported.

Of the three other victims previously reported, two were Swiss tourists who died when a tree fell on their cabin in the Caribbean beach town of Cahuita on Saturday; the third was a cyclist who died when a tree fell on him during a race in the Pacific port town of Caldera.

As of Monday evening, the CNE reported a total of 332 incidents reported nationwide including 47 homes with roofs ripped off by the winds, six landslides and three floods. A Yellow Alert was still in place for all regions of the country except the southwest.

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