More rain predicted from low pressure area in Caribbean

More unstable air is expected to bring more clouds over Costa Rica this morning with the possibility of abundant rain later in the day.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that afternoon rains are expected over most of the country with the heaviest downpours in the mountains. These conditions are expected to continue into Tuesday, the weather institute said.

Based on weather information Friday, the national emergency commission declared an alert for its local counterparts and other emergency agencies. The agency, the Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias, noted that much of the country had been soaked and damaged by a progression of low pressure areas and storms. It warned of sudden flooding.

Still, there were no reports of major problems or road closures Sunday night. The Autopista del Sol reported no problems. This is the Caldera-San José highway that has been the scene of many landslides.

Work is continuing to repair road damage from the series of storms. The Conseo Nacional de Vialidad, the road agency, said that within a week the nation’s roads would be back in the same shape as they were before the rains and flooding hit three weeks ago.

Friday the agency said there were 21 projects being completed. The agency said that the recent rains and flooding that came from storms Jova and Rina damaged just 1,250 kilometers (about 775 miles) of highway. The agency compared that to the previous year when Hurricane
Tomas damaged 3,000 kilometers (about 1,860 miles) of highway.

The road agency planned to open Paso Real at the Río Térraba over the weekend, the last of the major trouble stops. The others were Casa Mata on the Interamericana Sur at El Guarco de Cartago and El Empalme between San Ramón and Esparza, also known as Cambronero.

In New York, the United Nations and Nicaragua launched a flash appeal Friday for $14.3 million to provide shelter, food, water and sanitation, and agricultural livelihoods to those affected by the floods that ravaged large parts of the country for the past three weeks.

During a briefing in Geneva, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said the appeal will provide aid for 134,000 people over the next six months, and will respond to immediate as well as medium-term necessities to enhance the population’s early recovery.

The appeal will target seven areas that have been identified as the most affected and with the least capacity to respond: Chinandega, León, Managua, Estelí, Matagalpa, Nueva Segovia, and Madriz.

In addition, the appeal will target 63,000 people that have been assessed as particularly vulnerable.

Flooding has damaged the homes of more than 12,000 families and destroyed more than 200 water sources in the country. As of Friday, 10,146 people are located in emergency shelters.

El Salvador, Honduras and Belize also suffered extensive damage from the rains.

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