Over 8,000 residents of the Costa Rican Caribbean saw all their belongings sink;

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Five people drowned and five others are missing; a majority of the people were left with only the clothes they were wearing at the time; hundreds of houses were destroyed, and the same was true for roads, bridges, plantations… Almost nothing was spared by floods that followed unprecedented rainfall.

A total 196 towns in the provinces of Limon, Heredia, Cartago, and Alajuela were directly affected by the floods, while other communities sustained minor damage. Schools, churches, and other makeshift shelters are now home to some 7,500 people, many of them small farmers who face a tough situation, given the fact that their not only lost their belongings but also their source of food and income, as their plots of land were swept by the water.

Early estimates set the overall losses at $20 million, but the figure is likely to be much higher, taking in consideration that the first surveys show that the repair on just the road to Sixaola will cost over $2.5 million.

Our thanks to our friends at La Nacion – Costa Rica’s largest Spanish circulation newspaper for their permission to include this important news item…

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