Costa Rica declares state of emergency

12:43, October 01, 2010      

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Costa Rica's President Laura Chinchilla signed Thursday a decree of "national emergency" due to the damages caused by the recent heavy rains in the country.

Chinchilla said that with this decree, her government would collect more than 5 billion colones (10 million U.S dollars) to provide residence to those who lost houses in flooding and landslide.

The money will also be used in infrastructure because 39 highways and roads have been damaged.

The government is also applying a loan of 19 million U.S. dollars from the World Bank to assist these disasters, she added.

Meanwhile, the National Commission of Emergency President Vanessa Rosales said that 133 families had lost their houses and most of them were living in high risk zones.

The most affected provinces by the heavy rain include Alajuela, Heredia and Cuanacaste, as well as some regions of San Jose, the country's capital, he added.



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