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Among the main roads with damage are Route 2 between San José  and the southern zone, Rute 239 in Puriscal Canton
and Route 228 in the area known as Copalchi, these two also in the southern zone of the country.
 - National Emergency Commission photo -


Published Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The southern zone is the most
affected by the Iota side forces

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff 

The National Emergency Commission reports the attention to emergency calls due to the rains, strong winds and floods as a cause of the secondary effects of the passage of Hurricane Iota over Nicaragua on Tuesday.

According to the authorities, the most affected area is in the southern zone of the country where more than 9 places were flooded. In the central area of the Pacific Coast, more than 3 floods were reported. Two more floods were reported in Guanacaste Province and one in San José Province.

For its part, the Ministry of Transportation, through the National Highway Council, Conavi, reported damage to roads due to landslides that were left due to the accumulation of rains.

Among the main roads with damage are Route 2 between San José  and the southern zone, Rute 239 in Puriscal Canton, in Perez Zeledon, and Route 228 in the area known as Copalchi, these two also in the southern zone of the country.

The route between Cañas and Limonal in Guanacaste was also reported with damage.

At press time, the authorities had not reported the reopening of shelters.

Authorities maintain the status of alert for the northern zone of Alajuela Province and the Puntarenas Province, due to the indirect influence of the hurricane Iota.

On Tuesday, the authorities   established Orange Alert status for the northern zone of Alajuela Province and the whole Pacific Coast ( the provinces of Guanacaste and Puntarenas). This alert is established when a high-risk situation can cause an emergency to the people in a specific area.

A Yellow Alert was established in the Central Valley (San José Province). The alert status serves as an announcement for the rescue forces to prepare for an increased danger of a natural phenomenon that will affect the population in a specific region.

The Green Alert was established on the Caribbean Coast (Limón Province). This alert is given when it is anticipated that a meteorological phenomenon endangers a specific area in the country. The authorities activate the community's emergency commissions to take action due to the danger related to the alert.

According to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, report on Tuesday afternoon,  Iota is downgraded to Tropical Storm, at 3 p.m. CST it was located about 75 miles from Tegucigalpa Honduras, with winds of 60 MPH. The center of the storm will move into southern Honduras tonight before dissipating near El Salvador early Wednesday.

The side effects of Iota, which is slowly moving through Nicaragua, will continue to cause heavy rains in Costa Rica, according to the forecast of the Meteorological Institute.

Due to the high risk of continuous rains, specialists stress the following to avoid accidents, damage to structures and emergencies during the green season:

• Keep the roof of your house clean.

• Clear a path in the backyard allowing rainwater to move without problems toward the drainage, which helps to avoid damages and leaks in the house.

• Pick up the garbage so that it does not fall on the pipes or drains on the sidewalks.

• Avoid that solvents, oils, acids or corrosive liquids fall into the sewer pipes and deteriorate them.

• Organize the cleaning of public areas such as river banks in your community to avoid flooding.

• Report the lack of concrete caps or grids in the pipes to the Aqueduct Institute by calling 2547-6555.

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 to call 911 to report any possible flooding, fallen trees or landslides in the country.

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

What emergencies have you heard of due to the tropical storm in your community? 
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