Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Southern Pacific under yellow alert for heavy rains

July 9, 2010

Costa Rica´s National Emergency Commission (CNE) issued a yellow alert Thursday afternoon for the Southern Zone due to heavy rainfall in the region. The alert is in effect for Pérez Zeledón, Buenos Aires, Osa, Golfito, Corredores and Coto Brus.

The heavy rains are due to a low-pressure system that has been building along the Pacific coast. Intense rainfall is forecasted along the Pacific slope, and average rainfall is expected in the Central Valley and the Northern Zone.

The yellow alert is the second of the country´s three alert levels. CNE officials recommend that residents in these areas maintain a close watch on the weather and river levels throughout the weekend.

On Thursday, strong rains provoked a 50-meter-wide rupture in the Río Claro dike near Golfito. The fracture caused flooding in La Esperanza, a nearby community, and the torrents blocked a small stretch of the Inter-American Highway.

Rains have also caused landslides along the road to Puerto Jiménez, on the Osa Peninsula.

The landslides have left stranded residents of La Balsa, a community of 26 families roughly two kilometers northwest of Puerto Jiménez. As of Thursday afternoon, the CNE had not been able to communicate with anyone in La Balsa.

The northwestern province of Guanacaste and the Central Valley are under green alert, the lowest of the country´s three alert levels.

You may be interested

ICT highlights rural communities on World Tourism Day
Costa Rica
2076 views
Costa Rica
2076 views

ICT highlights rural communities on World Tourism Day

The Tico Times - September 28, 2020

The Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) on Sunday celebrated World Tourism Day by inaugurating an alliance of attractions in the…

Costa Rica Coffee Culture at a Crossroads
Coffee
9 views
Coffee
9 views

Costa Rica Coffee Culture at a Crossroads

Steve Hodel - September 27, 2020

The traditional cafe society in Costa Rica has reached a cultural crossroads. Older generations of coffee drinking traditionalists are crossing…

International rejection grows against project that threatens NGOs and journalists in Nicaragua
Costa Rica
787 views
Costa Rica
787 views

International rejection grows against project that threatens NGOs and journalists in Nicaragua

Julia RIOS / AFP - September 27, 2020

International rejection against a bill considered threatening to journalists and human rights defenders in Nicaragua increased Friday with demands that…