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Natural Disasters Prompt Heated Budget Debate

Central American Contributors - November 9, 2007

MANAGUA — The legislative National Assembly last week voted overwhelmingly in favor of a 53 million córdoba ($2.8 million) emergency budget reform to redirect money slated for…

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Environmentalists Warn Of Pending Mine Disaster

The Tico Times - October 26, 2007

Environmentalists are warning of a potential disaster if care isn’t taken to prevent cyanide seepage from an open-pit gold mine in the small Pacific-slope town of Miramar,…

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Ortega Decrees State Of Disaster Nationwide

Tim Rogers - October 26, 2007

Following 47 days of continual rain, which has claimed seven lives in the past week and dumped more water on Nicaragua than Hurricane Mitch did in 1998,…

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Caribbean Summer Means Great Diving

Shawn Larkin - October 12, 2007

A Costa Rican conspiracy of Caribbean climatic conditions creates what locals call “summertime” every September and October on the Talamanca coast. While the rest of the country…

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More Communities Hit By Flooding, Tornado

The Tico Times - June 29, 2007

A tornado ripped the roofs off of more than 20 houses in the low-income San José neighborhood of La Carpio June 21, leaving their inhabitants among the…

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National Emergency Declared After Weather-Related Disasters

Blake Schmidt - June 22, 2007

President Oscar Arias Wednesday ordered a national state of emergency in the wake of violent weather in the Central Valley that caused floods, landslides and even a…

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Are Public Hospitals Prepared for Disasters?

Dave Sherwood - June 8, 2007

The good news: There is a plan to bring Costa Rica’s public hospitals up to First World fire safety standards. The bad news: It could take as…

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Chemical Disaster Still a Mystery

Dave Sherwood - May 25, 2007

Thousands of liters of noxious chemicals burned during an inferno that raged at a Central Valley chemical plant earlier this month, some mixing with water and possibly…

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Tornado Injures 36 in Dominican Republic

EFE - May 18, 2007

DAJABON, Dominican Republic – Thirty-six people were injured last week when a tornado tore through the Dominican Republic’s Dajabon province, damaging 30% of the buildings in the…

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Nochebuena Museum at Irazú Volcano: The Facts and Figures Behind the Smoke

Vicky Longland - April 13, 2007

Costa Rica plays an active and spectacular part in the Ring of Fire, that circle of volcanoes around the Pacific Ocean known for its sometimes devastating pyrotechnics.…

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