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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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Man’s Best Friend? Man and Crocodile Put on One-of-a-Kind Show in Siquirres

Mónica Quesada - March 30, 2007

“Chito and Poncho are friends,” reads a sign at Finca Las Tilapias, Gilberto Sheedan’s ranch near the Caribbean-slope town of Siquirres. Chito, as Sheedan is widely known,…

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Nicaraguans Eye Election Results

Blake Schmidt - November 10, 2006

For many Nicaraguan immigrants in Costa Rica, memories of the bloody Sandinista revolution and civil war follow them around like desperate street vendors. “Imagine how many mothers…

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Panamanian Campesinos Urge ‘No’ Vote on Canal Expansion

EFE - October 20, 2006

PANAMA CITY – An organization of Panamanian campesinos this week reiterated a call for their countrymen to vote against the proposed expansion of the Panama Canal in…

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Guatemalan Anti-Opium Operation ‘Successful’

EFE - September 8, 2006

GUATEMALA CITY – Guatemalan security forces exceeded original expectations for the anti-drug operation they launched Aug. 28 in five municipalities on the Mexican border, an official announced.…