Costa Rica News – The earthquake of Nicoya affected over 650 houses. It was the earthquake that damaged the most houses so far this decade. Many of the damages were concentrated in cantons remote from the epicenter, pointing to errors in construction.
In total, emergencies, including natural events and structural fires, that happened over the last eight years affected 12,800 homes. These natural disasters included storms Thomas and Nate, hurricane Otto and the Nicoya earthquake.
A report on the situation of housing by the Housing Promotion Foundation showed that 653 homes were damaged to the point of declaring them uninhabitable from the Nicoya earthquake.
Earthquakes happen less frequently than floods but cause more damage to homes. Of all the homes damaged by natural disasters this decade, 1,145 had to be rebuilt and 4,653 people had to be relocated.
Fuprovi gives emergency housing bonuses but not everyone qualifies even if their home needs to be rebuilt. The process to get the bonus is long and those in emergencies are not given priority over other cases.