As of Sunday, more than 1,800 emergencies were responded, related to houses, roads and bridges damaged by the flooding.
- Emergency National Commission photo -

Published on Tuesday, July 27, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

President Carlos Alvarado traveled to Limón Province on Monday as part of the authority's staff inspection of the main damaged zones caused by the thunder storms and floods last week.

"We sympathize with the Limón people, everything they have been going through is very painful," President Alvarado said.

The first inspections were carried out in the declared Red Alert cantons by the National Emergency Commission such as Turrialba in Cartago Province; Matina, Limón; Talamanca, Sarapiquí in Limon Province; and San Carlos, Upala and Guatuso in Alajuela Province.

In Valle La Estrella, La Colonia school was destroyed by 40% of its structure due to a large flood. All 53 students must be relocated to another site before returning to their lessons.

The bridge used for the train was also destroyed by the overflow of the Estrella River, which washed away stones and mud. In the same way, the damage was reported in the banana-growing areas of the region.

Among the first repairs to restore the vehicular passage will be the installation of a provisional bridge over the Matarrita River.

In addition, repairs are already underway by the workers of the Costa Rican Electricity Institute and the Public Water Institute for the restoration of services in the area.

According to First Lady Claudia Dobles, who visited the disaster area in Turrialba Canton, more than 36 hours of continuous heavy rains were recorded. This extreme rain has not been recorded in the country since 1978.

Social Security authorities reported that despite the flooding in the Turrialba hospital, damages had already been repaired. And the medical service for patients had been restored.

According to data from the National Emergency Commission, as of Monday, 2,960 emergencies were reported caused by floods, landslides, destruction of roads and houses.

Of the 58 shelters enabled last week, one was already closed because people managed to find help with their relatives. In the remaining shelters, more than 3,000 people who lived in the Red Alert cantons continue to receive aid.

The Meteorological Institute reported another tropical wave near to the county. The number 19 of the green season is located the West Coast of Panama.

This new tropical wave will bring more rains into the Caribbean Coast and the South Pacific Coast, the Central Pacific Coast and the Great Metropolitan Area, according to specialist.

Avoiding scams and frauds the government announced a campaign to help people affected by last week’s floods. 

On Saturday, the Commission established a Red Alert in the following eight cantons: Upala, Guatuso, San Carlos in Alajuela Province; the canton of Sarapiqui in Heredia Province, in Turrialba Canton of Cartago Province; and the cantons of Matina, Limon city and Talamanca in Limon Province.

The Red Alert status orders the mobilization of families to family homes and temporary shelters.
The specialists ordered an Orange Alert in the rest of the Limon Province, the cantons of Rio Cuarto and Los Chiles in the northern zone of Alajuela Province. The alert is activated when the high-risk situation can cause an emergency to the people in a specific area.

Green Alert was set in the provinces of Puntarenas and Guanacaste. This alert is given when it is anticipated that a meteorological phenomenon endangers a specific area in the country.

Yellow Alert status is in place for the Greater Metropolitan Area (includes cities surrounding San José such as Alajuela, Heredia and Cartago). This alert prepares rescue forces for an increased danger of a natural phenomenon that will affect the population in a specific region.

Authorities call on the public to take the following precautionary measures:

» Stay informed about the alerts issued by the authorities.

» People living in mountain areas should increase precautionary measures against a possible landslide or material falling from the high areas of the hills.

» Have an emergency evacuation plan in the community, work and home.

» Drivers must increase precautions for heavy rain and fog.

» Take precautionary measures in case of electrical storms.

» Be alert in vulnerable areas to flooding due to sewer saturation or increase of river flow.

» In case of a thunderstorm, take refuge in a safe place.

» In case of strong wind gusts, be alert to possible falling tree branches or electrical cables.

» In the event of a landslide, do not walk on the debris, stay away from affected areas, and do not return home until authorities verify that it is a safe place.

Authorities ask for the people in Costa Rica to call 911 to report any possible flooding, fallen trees or landslides.

A.M. Costa Rica urges readers to share this alert with their contacts.

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