Costa Rica declares State of National Emergency

This has been the rainiest July in at least 80 years.

Costa Rica has declared a State of National Emergency in response to the ongoing impacts of the heavy rainfall that flooded a large part of the country over the weekend.

The emergency declaration names 14 cantons as being significantly affected: San Carlos, Upala, Guatuso, Río Cuarto, Los Chiles, Turrialba, Jiménez, Sarapiquí, Limón, Matina, Pococí, Guácimo, Siquirres and Talamanca.

The State of Emergency allows the government to allocate more resources for the ongoing disaster response and eventual rebuilding.

As of Tuesday afternoon, 535 families — representing about 3,000 people — remained in 49 temporary shelters. A bridge reestablishing transit on Route 36 in Limón could be ready Wednesday.

This has been Costa Rica’s rainiest July in at least 80 years, according to the National Meteorological Institute.

A tropical wave is expected to bring more rainy conditions to Costa Rica starting Wednesday night. The Caribbean and Northern Zone remain particularly at-risk to flooding and landslides due to still-saturated soil.

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