Costa Rica News – The crazy amount of rainfall has caused landslides all over, 16 in total on the San Jose-Limon route. This emergency situation has led to 240 people being housed in eight shelters.
The National Meteorological Institute said the amount of rainfall in Turrialba reached a historic record of between 100 and 280 liters per square meter.
The National Emergency Commission reports that there are ten routes that remain closed and they are working to get all those caught on Route 32 out to safety. They explain that this is currently a rescue mission and they are not up to reopening roads. The Minister of Transportation has made all necessary equipment available to free people from the area. So far, 143 adults and 20 children have been transported to hospitals for medical care.
Additionally, the storms have caused power outages and cut off communication and in some areas affected water supply. At least one ebais has been flooded.
There are a couple of communities completely cut off. There is no way to get people out of those towns because of road and flight conditions. The only option for people in Valle de la Estrella and Talamanca is to go to the Changuinola Hospital in Panama.