Low pressure area moves off after damaging many

A low pressure area has moved toward Panamá leaving flooding, death and heavy damage in its wake.

The national emergency commission said that 2,000 persons were being housed in 38 shelters as a result of the heavy rain that began Monday.

Some 90 localities were affected, said the commissions. About 1,200 persons were without electricity, and at least three bridges were down.

The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad managed to open Ruta 31, the San José-Limón road by noon Thursday. It had been closed north of San José by a
landslide. Officials also said that they bridged the Río Chirripó in Río Frio de Sarapiquí for pedestrians and then with a temporary span for vehicles. The river undermined the existing bridge.

A man died in Valle de la Estrella on the
Caribbean coast when he was swept away crossing a river. There were other deaths that may or may not be attributed to the weather.

One Central Valley man fell off a highway into a stream bed where he suffered fatal injuries on rocks. A woman died of a heart attack while her home was flooded near San Carlos.

The Cruz Roja said it made 60 water rescues of people who were trapped by the rising floods.

Five communities faced landslides and 90 had flooding, the Cruz Roja said.

The emergency commission said that the cantons most affected were Sarapiquí, Siquirres and Matina. The commission confirmed late Thursday that the waters were receding. The agency estimated that 33 highways suffered damage.

More rain is expected today in the central and south Pacific, the commission said.

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