The National Emergency Commission of Costa Rica (CNE) reported today that it has opened 21 shelters with 1,100 people due to the rains that have affected the country in recent days and that today have begun to decline.
The Director of Risk Management of the CNE, Lorena Romero, explained that the majority of shelters are in the northwestern province of Guanacaste (North Pacific), where the rivers remain grown.
For five municipalities in Guanacaste, the CNE maintains a red alert: Santa Cruz, Carrillo, Nicoya, Hojancha and Nandayure, as well as for the communities of Paquera, Lepanto and Cóbano, in the province of Puntarenas (central Pacific).
For the rest of the country there are alerts that between yellow (intermediate) and green (preventive), with the exception of the province of Limón (Caribbean), where there is no alert of any kind.
Romero commented that the alerts are still valid, because although there is improvement, it is expected that the conditions of atmospheric instability will be maintained and variable rains will occur throughout the country.
The National Meteorological Institute (IMN) indicated that the tropical wave number 42 of the season affected the country on Wednesday, mainly the Pacific area, but that its influence decreased when it left the country.
"From today, gradually the characteristic conditions of October will resume, with rains during the afternoons and early hours of the nights," explained the IMN.
Both the CNE and the IMN recommended that the population maintain vigilance and preventive measures in areas prone to floods and landslides, as the soils have received a lot of water in the last two weeks.
"We are going to continue vigilant, the recommendation for the population is vigilance, be very attentive to the official information that the institutions provide," Romero said.
During the last two weeks Costa Rica has been affected by the rains, especially the provinces of Guanacaste and Puntarenas, both in the Pacific, due to low pressure systems and three tropical waves.