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Tropical storm "Alma" causes over $30 mln of damage in Costa Rica
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13:10, June 03, 2008

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Tropical storm "Alma" has caused damage worth over 30 million U.S. dollars in Costa Rica, authorities said Monday.

This preliminary figure does not include losses in the agriculture sector, the National Commission for Emergencies (CNE) was quoted as stating by the local daily "La Nacion."

Tropical storm "Alma," which hit Costa Rica on Thursday, caused widespread damage in 372 communities and directly affected some 19,000 people, the CNE said. Some communities are still isolated, and without electricity and drinking water.

A total of 22 rural aqueducts, 100 bridges and 117 highway sections were damaged in the gale.

CNE president Daniel Gallardo said the districts of Perez Zeledon and Parrita were the hardest hit and they are still on maximum emergency alert.


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