CNE declares red alert in 5 cantons impacted by the rains of the last hours

San José, Jul 23 ( – The meteorological conditions that were generated this Thursday, together with those expected to continue this day, motivated the National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Attention (CNE) to raise the Red Alert status for the cantons of Turrialba, Matina, Limón, Talamanca and Sarapiquí. On the other hand, the Orange Alert is maintained for the rest of the Caribbean and the Northern Zone; the Yellow Alert for the Central Valley and the Green Alert for the Pacific Slope.

The greatest impact by floods and / or landslides occurred in the cantons of Talamanca, Limón, Siquirres, Guácimo, Pococí and Matina in Limón; Turrialba, Paraíso, Cartago, Oreamuno, Jiménez, Alvarado and La Unión in Cartago; San José, Alajuelita, Puriscal, Santa Ana and Moravia in San José; Corridors, Quepos and Golfito in Puntarenas; Sarapiquí, Heredia and San Isidro in Heredia; and San Carlos, San Ramón and Guatos in the province of Alajuela.

This generated the mobilization of families to family homes and temporary shelters. Thus, nine shelters are maintained in Talamanca, Limón, Matina, Siquirres, Sarapiquí (3) and Turrialba (2) that provide humanitarian assistance to 381 people whose communities were affected by the rains.

Until now, the active Municipal Emergency Committees (CME) have reported 480 events in 29 cantons, 391 correspond to floods and 43 to landslides.

In addition, seven highways were affected, such as Route 32, Route 10 Paraíso-Siquirres, Route 415 Turrialba, Route 230 Pacayas-Turrialba, Route 224 Ujarrás in Paraíso, and 225 in some points of Cachí-La Switzerland and route 36 in Bribrí.

Mr. Alexander Solís Delgado, president of the CNE, traveled to the Turrialba area where he held a meeting with some members of the Municipal Emergency Committee to learn about the needs of the area.

In addition, together with the Mayor, he made a tour of the places most affected by the Turrialba River in order to assess the main damage to infrastructure and homes.



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