Workers are making headway at Nueva Cinchona site

New homes for earthquake victims seem to be peas from the same pod. Photo: Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias

Nueva Cinchona now has 50 roofed homes as contractors close in on the final stages of the project. These are dwellings for those who lost theirs in the January 2009 earthquake.

The Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias said Wednesday that 72 homes were up out of the 83 planned and some are nearly finished with glass and doors.

This is a 3.1 billion colon investment for the government. Critics have complained about the time it took to get the job rolling. Most of the quake victims were living either with family and friends or in rough plywood shacks put in in the days following the disaster.
The location is north of Heredia in the mountains along the Río Sarapiquí. More than 250 workers are on the job, and they are divided into specialties. Some pour the concrete, others do the walls and some do the roofs, said the commission.

The commission said that the electrical system soon would be installed and that a sewage treatment plan was expected to be put in soon.

Cinchona was on a ridge, and much of the community was destroyed when the ridge gave way during the quake. The main highway also collapsed trapping passing cars.

The new location is on flat farmland. Other community improvements are planned, and the commission said it is receiving advice from future residents.

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