Land use in Golfito seen as generating problems

Emergency officials came out with a critical report Wednesday on the canton of Golfito.

Despite a 1.2 billion-colon investment by emergency officials, the developmental disorder of the area can generate disasters, said the report.

The document was prepared by the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional, the Ministerio del Ambiente, Energía y Telecomunicaciones and the Estado de la Nación. A summary came from the Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias, which said it had invested substantial sums in disaster mitigation in the area.

Better planning and use of the land would help prevent disasters, said the commission. Of particular concern was development in flood plains.

The commission said that it had in reserve about 500 million colons, about $1 million, for more work in the area. This includes extraction of material from the Río Claro.

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