There is still more rain in the forecast for Pacific and Valley

Workmen are trying to get at the reason why the highway began to crack. That is a good indication that a major slide is coming soon.

A low pressure system that brought days of rain to Costa Rica has moved further to the north although unstable conditions still exist in the atmosphere.

Disaster officials are making headway in repairing damage and in bringing comfort to those evicted from their homes by flooding or landslides.

The Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social said it has a fund of some $1 million to aid victims of natural disasters and that it already has expended about $150,000 on some 220 families. Some 750 more families are seeking aid, the agency said.

The Autopista del Sol reported Tuesday night that the stretch of the troubled toll highway between Atenas and Orotina had been closed due to a new landslide at Kilometer 38. The concession holder for the highway said that it had work crews on the job.

The Interamericana Norte still is closed at Cambronero and trucks are prohibited from an alternate route at Monte del Aguacate That means that travel to and from Guanacaste and the Pacific coast and the Central Valley is restricted.

The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad, the road agency, said that just 12 stretches of national highway still were closed. It said that its crews managed to open 167 stretches where there had been problems, mainly slides. Some 73 sections have some restrictions, such as single lane traffic.

The agency said there were heavy rains in the north and central
Pacific Tuesday. The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that the Caribbean got heavy rains Tuesday afternoon.

The weather institute said that Santa Rosa got 174 millimeters (about 6.9 inches) of rain and Quepos got 127 millimeters (5 inches) by 7 p.m. Tuesday.

With some slackening of the rain in Guanacaste, the national emergency commission began distributing food and water Tuesday. Residents there said that most small stores had been sold out of necessities. Some walked for miles to get supplies, they said.

The emergency commission was able to put a bridge between Cañas and Liberia back into service so that some supplies could be distributed. Many persons are still in small communities that are cut off by collapsed roads of flooding.

The Cruz Roja and fire fighters joined in the food distribution effort.

The Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias said Tuesday afternoon that 940 persons remained in 19 public shelters, mainly in Guanacaste. Carrillo had 426 persons in shelters. Santa Cruz had 112, the commission said. Many more were staying with family or friends.

The weather institute is predicting more rain for today with a chance of heavy downpours in the Pacific and the Central Valley. The institute also warned about the continual threat from rivers swollen by rains in the mountains.

The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad said that this was the scene n Ruta 333 in Zapotal. The slide also displaced a water line and took place despite some preventative concrete barriers that had been installed. Consejo Nacional de Vialidad photo

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