Emergency officials seek to move those below slide

There are 9,000 persons living in Desamparados under the threat of being swept away in their sleep.

The national emergency commission presented a study Tuesday to the Concejo Municipal outlining the problem that comes from the peak Tablazo. An unstable mass covers more than 2.2 hectares, some 5.4 acres. It is above 2,454 homes in Higuito Centro, Calle Valverde, Calle Rodilla, Urbanización Veracruz y Urbanización Santa Bárbara.

Heavy rains or an earthquake could trigger a slide similar to the one that killed residents of Calle Lajas, Barrio El Carmen, San Antonio de Escazú, in 2010. That material came from Pico Blanco. The Cerro Tablazo generated a slide at the same time, but there were no deaths.

Representatives of the Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias said there are few technical solutions to the problem. Instead they suggested the immediate relocation of persons living along the Los Reyes waterway, which is the area of the greatest risk.

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