October 24th, 2012 (InsideCostaRica.com) – Several areas in the southern part of the Central Valley had small landslides and flooding yesterday, caused by rains from Tropical Storm Sandy. Rains are expected to continue today.
According to the National Emergency Response (CNE, in Spanish), incidents were reported in Perez Zeledon, San Jose and Acosta. The town of Dota also reported some landslides that isolated residents of San Isidro in Santa Maria de Dota.
The National Emergency Commission plans to send a helicopter if weather conditions allow it, whilst the municipality is working on opening the road again. The CNE is coordinating with the Emergency Response in Aguirre in order to get food and aid to Dota.
The meteorologist from The National Meteorology Institute, Daniel Poleo, said that more rains are expected today in the areas of Guanacaste, the Central Pacific and the Central Valley.
He also said that his agency received reports of flooding and landslides in Desamparados, San Antonio (Belen), Aserri and Heredia.
Jim Batres, from the Red Cross said, “In the area of Los Santos and Aserri there have been several landslides, we have also seen river levels rising in the Metropolitan Area, such as in San Antonio, Belen. However, no homes or residents have been directly affected yet.”