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The rains have caused more than 80 emergencies in various areas of the country such as river overflows, landslides, damage to houses due to
strong gusts, floods due to the accumulation of rain, and soils saturated with rainwater. - Quepos Beach social media photos -

Published Wednesday, June 9, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The National Emergency Commission established an alert due to the passage of another new Tropical Wave over the country.

Tropical Wave #2 of the green station, which came from the Caribbean Sea, was crossing the country on Tuesday. Experts predict that the Tropical Wave will leave the country on Thursday.

This natural phenomenon has caused an increase in the intensity of the thunderstorms, mainly in the Caribbean Coast (Limón Province), the Pacific Coast (Guanacaste and Puntarenas Province) and the northern zone of Alajuela Province.

The specialists established Yellow Alert in the provinces of Guanacaste, Puntarenas and the northern zone of Alajuela. This alert status establishes when a high-risk situation can cause an emergency to the people in a specific area.

A Green Alert was set in the Great Metropolitan Area (which is the area made up of cities in the outskirts of San José such as Alajuela, Heredia and Cartago) and 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 Red Cross Emergency Call monitoring department, the rains have caused more than 80 emergencies in various areas of the country such as river overflows, landslides, damage to houses due to strong gusts, floods due to the accumulation of rain, and soils saturated with rainwater.

Among the most affected cantons by floods was Quepos Beach, in Puntarenas Province. According to the Red Cross report, the saturation of the sewers due to rain and the overflowing of the Paquita River caused a big flood affecting streets, houses and shops located in downtown Quepos.

People who witnessed the natural phenomenon posted several videos on their social media. Some of these videos can be seen on the AM Costa Rica YouTube channel.

The intensity of the rains is increasing due to the Intertropical Convergence Zone that is located over Costa Rica.

The Intertropical Convergence Zone, known by sailors as the doldrums or the calms due to the dull windless weather, is the area where the northeast and southeast trade winds converge. The zone appears as a band of clouds, usually thunderstorms, that circles the globe near the Equator. This caused the overflowing of rivers and floods mainly in the mountainous areas of the country.

Due to the high risk of continuous rains, A.M. Costa Rica stresses that to avoid accidents, damage to structures and emergencies during the green season, make sure to:

» Keep the roof of your house clean.

» Clear a path in the backyard allowing rainwater to move without problems towards 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 solvents, oils, acids or corrosive liquids that can 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 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.

What environmental emergencies have you heard of in your community?
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