Hurricane Otto's force is being felt throughout Central America as Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama have seen significant damages to their Caribbean coasts.
Heavy rains affecting Costa Rica's Northern region in the past 72 hours caused a landslide that destroyed 50 meters of one of the lanes.
Transit on Route 27 between Costa Rica’s capital and the Pacific province of Puntarenas reopened under Traffic Police supervision at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, GlobalVía, the company that administers the route reported.
Transit on Route 27, the main highway connecting San José with the Pacific province of Puntarenas, has been completely shut down by landslides that blocked both lanes of the road.
The mountainous Route 32 to the Caribbean coast reopened over the weekend to normal traffic following an unprecedented natural disaster involving at least 40 landslides that trapped thousands of motorists for eight hours last Thursday night and Friday morning. Miraculously, no one was seriously injured.
A harrowing Thursday evening continued into early Friday morning for hundreds of motorists trapped on the Braulio Carrillo Highway that connects San José to the Caribbean port city of Limón. Heavy rains triggered multiple landslides that stranded 380 people for hours in the dark and rain.
Officials of the National Emergency Commission (CNE) confirmed that a mudslide on Thursday night partially blocked the Sarapiqui River in north-central Costa Rica.
Experts from the National Emergency Commission (CNE) last week conducted aerial inspections of nine sites in the San José metropolitan area where ground conditions are prone to landslides during the rainy season. The inspections found that while active displacement of ground material is occurring, most of the land is currently stable.
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