Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Guanacaste floods leave more than 1,000 people in shelters

Children played yesterday at a community center in San Antonio de Santa Ana, west of San José, where about 140 people are staying at a temporary shelter set up by the National Emergency Commission after a flood washed out their homes. (Monica Quesada/Tico Times)(Tico Times) - The relentless rains plaguing Costa Rica this month have moved to the northwestern Guanacaste province, where about 800 people remained in shelters Tuesday after being preventively evacuated from their homes.

The National Emergency Commission (CNE) Monday placed Guanacaste under a red alert when the Nosara and Tempisque rivers overflowed, flooding communities including Filadelfia, Carrillo, Nandayure, Hojancha, Santa Cruz, Liberia, Nosara and Nicoya.

The CNE opened 14 shelters in Guanacaste, and shelters also remain open in Santa Ana, west of San Jose; Atenas, northwest of San Jose; and the central Pacific towns of Parrita and Tarcoles. A total of 1,367 people have been evacuated from their homes by the CNE and are staying in these shelters.

A red alert remains in effect for Guanacaste as well as Parrita, while the rest of the country is under a yellow alert except the Caribbean, where the alert remains at the green, preventive level.

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