Published On: Tue, Jul 27th, 2021
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Severe Floods Hammer Costa Rica, 2 Deadon July 27, 2021 at 7:13 am

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SAN JOSE—Relentless rainfall in the Caribbean region caused at least two deaths amid severe flooding and major infrastructure damage in northern and eastern Costa Rica, authorities said on Monday. Two people were killed and another two were missing, according to the Red Cross in Costa Rica. Some 3,000 people were forced to seek refuge from the extreme weather into emergency shelters, authorities said. Nearly a quarter of Costa Rica is under a “red alert” declared by the National Emergency Commission (CNE) for flooding and landslides, including the northern municipalities of San Carlos, Upala, Guatuso, and the Caribbean zones of Limón, Matina, Talamanca, Sarapiquí and Turrialba. Turrialba, which is 60 kilometers (37 miles) east of San José, received in just one day the usual amount of rain for the entire month of July, according to Mayor Luis Fernando León. “We were not prepared for this magnitude. It is an extreme event …

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