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Life Threatening Flooding on Caribbean Side of Costa Rica

Costa Rica News – 745 people have had to evacuate their homes and go to one of 11 shelters due to heavy rains and floods in the Limon province.

costa rica floodingBetween Saturday and Sunday the number of people in the shelters doubled as conditions worsened.

The National Emergency Commission declared a red alert for many Caribbean towns and a green alert for various parts of the Pacific as downpours are expected to continue.  So far there are 216 communities affected.

There are damaged bridges, landslides, 12 domestic roads damaged and some roads closed.

The Ministry of Public Education cancelled school from June 29th to July 4th in Sarapiquí, Talamanca, Limón, Matina, Pococí, Siquirres, Guácimo and Turrialba.

¢64 million has already been invested in the emergency response.

Panama has sent a helicopter to help in the efforts. The Chamber of Exporters have had additional fees of $800,000 in the week to move their products by alternate routes.

Several banana plantations are isolated by the conditions and the extent of damage is yet unknown.

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