More roads cleared and there is some access to the south

The Interamericana Sur still is reported closed today.

There also are road problems in the Nosara area as well as around Acosta. And in some rural areas there still are landslides that have to be cleaned up.
Then there are a number of routes that are closed because bridges collapsed. But the situation is much better than it was in the middle of last week. Full details are HERE.

Officials said that the southern zone no longer is cut off due to the Interamericana Sur blockages. Access is by alternate routes.

Some areas got rain over the weekend, but for the most part, the weather was clear to cloudy.

In the Caribbean there is a broad low-pressure area not far offshore, but the U.S. National Hurricane Center said its experts did not think the system would develop into something more serious due to dry air in the mid-levels. But the system is bringing cloudiness and rainfall.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that the system would bring rain to the central and south Pacific.

As of midday Friday there still were more than 900 persons in shelters as a result of the storms during the first week of the month. Some, such as those in San Antonio de Escazú where a landslide killed 21 persons have nowhere to go. Some are still being housed in the Gimnasio Nacional in La Sabana.

President Laura Chinchilla Miranda Saturday toured some of the cantons where damage was high. They are Dota, Tarrazú, León Cortés, Acosta and Aserrí, She urged government officials to keep up the pace in providing aid.

The transport ministry said that some 1,800 kilometers or about 1,100 miles of highway have to be reconstructed after flooding, slides and rain damage. Then there are the bridges.

Ms. Chinchilla said that she would seek legal changes so the central government could access about 4 billion colons that is now in the budget for other purposes.

That is about $8 million.

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