At dawn today an emergency call was received about the couple's house was destroyed by a huge landslide
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Published Thursday, November 5, 2020


U.S. citizen and his wife died due to a
massive landslide fell over their house



By A.M. Costa Rica  staff

The emergency monitoring department of the Red Cross confirmed at 11:40 a.m. today, the identification of a U.S. citizen, surnamed LaDuke, 69, and his wife, a Costa Rican surnamed Sanchez, 50, died due to a massive landslide fell over their house.

According to the rescuers' report, at dawn today an emergency call was received about the couple's house was destroyed by a huge landslide that happened in the community of Agua Buena, Coto Brus Canton, southern zone of Puntarenas Province.

On Thursday authorities of the Commission raised five cantons to Red Alert, such as Nicoya, Nandayure and Hojancha in Guanacaste Province, in addition to Corredores and Coto Brus in Puntarenas Province. This is because of the saturation of the soils, the level of damage and the increase of the rains during the night of Wednesday and early Thursday.
 
Red Alert is established when a threat increases in levels of size, extension or severity, requiring mobilization of all the necessary resources to attend to emergencies. Under this alert, the rescue organization proceeds to evacuate and secure the affected population.

Orange Alert status for the northern zone of Pacific Coast (Guanacaste Province) and Central Pacific Coast (central zone of Puntarenas Province). 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 such as the northern zone of Alajuela Province, southern Pacific Coast and the Central Valley. 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.

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



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