Some briefs on the storm

Here are some brief developments relating to the storm.

The Ministerio de Educación Pública suspended classes for today except in the northern zone, the Caribbean and the northern part of Guanacaste where storm effects were minimal.

A bailey bridge over the Río Grande de Tárcoles between Orotina and Turrubare collapsed due to water damage. This is the site where an old hanging bridge failed and dumped a bus into the river Oct. 22, 2009. Five persons died then.

The Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social said it was making an initial distribution of 220 million colons, about $432,000, to its offices in the affected parts of the country.

Some Costa Ricans living in the United States contacted A.M. Costa Rica because news reports there were not specific about what section of Escazú was the site of the fatal landslide. None had family in the area of the tragedy.

In the Quepos-Manuel Antonio area on the central Pacific coast a large landslide carried away trees and jungle between the Hotel Mono Azul and Hotel Villa Teca.

One resident said that the slide and destruction of trees would hamper monkeys on their travels through the trees. “Now, instead of traveling through the trees in that area, they are running along the power lines,” the reader said. “There will be more deaths and partial electrocutions to these innocent creatures.”

Three hydro plants were out of operation. They are the Río Virilla generating station operated by the Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz and the Pirris station in the Los Santos zone and the El Diquis plant in the south of the country, both operated by the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad. The damage, mostly from flooding, is being evaluated.

The company known as ICE also said that 1,235 customers were without power in Quepos in Parrita, 118 in Alajuela at Lanas, Cañales and Salitrales, 464 in San Isidro de El General and 913 at Río Claro. Some 67 cell phone towers also were out of service.

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