Nation starts to clean up and mourn its dead

Nearly three feet of rain may have fallen in the Central Pacific since Monday, but it was in Escazú where the loss of life took place.

Cruz Roja workers carry off a heart patient who could name makeit through the ruble by himself. This and other tasks more grim fell to the organization's emergency workers. Photo: A.M. Costa Rica/Saray Ramírez Vindas

All over the country, like this man in Asserí, people are digging out. Photo: A.M. Costa Rica/Saray Ramírez Vindas

A landslide from Pico Blanco entombed familiesss as they slept in Calle Lajas, Barrio El Carmen. San Antonio de Escazú. Emergency workers recovered 20 bodies and they still are looking.

Elsewhere nearly 1,400 persons are in s
helters, more than a hundred section of road are damaged, homes are flooded, bridges are down and utilities are cut off. Many routes are blocked by landslides.

President Laura Chinchilla Miranda declared two days of national mourning starting today. She will visit the scene of the Escazú disaster today.

Meanwhile part of the problem, Tropical Storm Tomas, now threatens Haiti.

Ths is part of the massive slide that cut the highway a Lourdes north of Aserrí. Photo: A.M. Costa Rica/Saray Ramírez Vindas

Road damage between Quepos and Manuel Antonio will take days to fix.

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