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Afternoon thunderstorm floods downtown San José

The flood on Second Avenue in front of Barrio Chino’s iconic friendship trapped taxis and buses as water lapped at the fenders of smaller cars. Business owners tried in vain to bail out their shops or construct makeshift walls to keep the water out.

El Niño in Costa Rica: We haven’t seen the worst of it yet, say experts

The northwestern province of Guanacaste already has registered the highest deficit in rainfall since the National Meteorological Institute began keeping records in 1937.

PHOTOS: President Luis Guillermo Solís visits areas affected by floods in Costa Rica’s Limón province

President Luis Guillermo Solís visited damaged areas in the Caribbean province of Limón on Wednesday and Thursday after heavy rains last weekend caused floods in Costa Rica's Caribbean and northern regions.

Hundreds left homeless by Costa Rica flooding

Reports from the National Emergency Commission said that 1,585 homes were lost to flooding. Currently 745 people are living in 12 emergency shelters with the majority in Matina, Limón, and Sarapiquí, Heredia, where 380 and 342 people are temporarily housed, respectively.

Costa Rican exporters report Route 32 closure cost them an extra $800,000 

The Costa Rican Chamber of Exporters reported that the highway closure increased transport expenses for its associates by up to 30 percent.

Government approves $1 million in aid to farmers affected by unusual weather conditions

Drought and excess rainfall during the past year caused damage worth some $19.8 million, the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry reported this week.

Light rains in many areas of Costa Rica prompt concerns for next year

“If it doesn’t start to rain more soon, it likely would mean that next year’s rainy season will be delayed,” said Juan Diego Naranjo, a meteorologist with the IMN. “You could say that this indicates the dry season next year will be extended.”

Heavy rains in Costa Rica catch eye of US National Hurricane Center

The National Meteorological Institute warned of heavy rain and electrical storms with gusty winds along the Pacific Coast, the Central Valley, Northern Zone and the mountains of the Caribbean during the next two days. These areas could see between 2 and 6 inches of rain by Thursday morning, according to IMN’s forecast.

Costa Rica declares national emergency over drought in northwestern province of Guanacaste

After months of drought, President Luis Guillermo Solís declared a national emergency in the province of Guanacaste and other cantons across the country on Tuesday. The drought in the northwestern province has been the worst in more than 50 years, according to the National Meteorological Institute.

Rains return too late for many struggling Guatemalan farmers

GUATEMALA CITY – Rain is gradually returning to Guatemala after an extended drought in the middle of rainy season brought tragedy to some of the poorest regions of the country. But many agricultural workers say it’s too late to save their harvests.

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