Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Landslides close roads around Costa Rica

(Tico Times) - National Emergency Commission (CNE) workers yesterday headed to Heredia, north of San Jose, and other parts of Costa Rica to assess damage done by recent landslides brought on by heavy rains, according to a statement from the commission. They also met with municipal leaders to see how these accidents can be prevented.

In Heredia, CNE president Daniel Gallardo met with the mayors of Barva, Santa Barbara, Heredia Central, Flores and San Rafael.

"The saturation of the ground, the enormous quantity of trash in rivers and ravines and a tropical storm that's passing over the national territory have come together to provoke a large quantity of incidents characterized by floods and landslides," Sunday and yesterday, when heavy rains hit the Central Valley, Pacific coast and Northern Zone, Gallardo said.

CNE engineers, geologists and other specialists yesterday assessed damage in Heredia. In the canton of Flores, 17 homes were flooded, and five of the families living in them lost everything.

Damage was also reported in the Tilaran area of the northwestern Guanacaste province; in Grecia, northwest of San Jose; and in the central Pacific Quepos area, along the road between San Miguel and Dos Bocas. The canton of Mora, southwest of San Jose, also experienced flooding.

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