Tropical depression causing floods in Costa Rica

from World Vision
Published on 02 Nov 2001
by Nadia Peeters
Today Wednesday 31st of October, Costa Rica=B4s National Emergency Committee declared a Yellow Alert for the northern province of Guanacaste, due to the heavy rains resulting from Tropical Depression 15. These rains are much heavier than the normal winter rains in this area, causing floods. The National Meteorological Institute reports at 3.30 pm that the heavy rains will continue for another 48 hours, meaning that the situation will worsen tomorrow and very likely change to Red Alert.

World Vision Costa Rica is cooperating with the Local Emergency Committee, consisting of governmental organizations and NGOs represented in the area, which is coordinating emergency activities. World Vision staff are coordinating emergency shelter support and monitoring the situation in the affected communities among World Vision programs.

Evacuations have been started in many communities, several of which are supported by World Vision

The following World Vision program areas have been affected: Nueva Esperanza: Los Pargos, Paraíso (9 women, 19 children evacuated), Rio Seco, 27 de Abril, Florida, Pinilla and Ortega: Talolinguita (evacuations to Los Angeles shelter), floods are expected to reach the communities of Ortega and Bolson tomorrow.

Rio Canas, Rio Canas, Diria, Vida Nueva: Guayabal (60 people evacuated to Colegio Agropecuario in Santa Cruz), Santa Barbara, La Guinea (all roads cut off, 22 people evacuated to Filadelfia), Cacao, Santa Cecilia and Caimito have also been affected.

World Vision Costa Rica expects to have more information on the number of sponsored children or their families being affected by these floods tomorrow.