Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Relief distribution for flood-affected families

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Heavy rains have left 1,028 homes underwater in the Atlantic and northern areas of Costa Rica. Other damage includes two dikes, 50 sections of main and rural roads, and 50 bridges. All up, the repair bill will cost thousands of dollars, which will have a considerable impact on the area's economy.
World Vision Costa Rica sent approximately 400 pairs of children's shoes, more than 1,000 shirts, around 1,000 disposable diapers, pants, and toothpaste into one of the most affected areas.

"These people didn't have anything before we got there," said José Luis Castillo, Gifts in Kind coordinator for World Vision Costa Rica. "Everything we brought was needed."

"It wasn't enough. These people need more help. Some of them have lost everything," he added.

Students are back in school, although 32 schools have reported damage. The Public Education Minister is reviewing the damage to see what repairs are needed. The government has started evaluating the situations of the families affected by the flooding, to assign economic resources to help them.

For more information, e-mail World Vision International at newsvision@wvi.org