Weather improves, but more rain reported on the way

Consejo Nacional de Vialidad photo
Road crew is clearing a slide on Ruta 10 in La Angostura. This highway through Turrialba usually is the alternate when Ruta 32 is closed north of San José.

The weather improved Monday, but rain began again Monday night in parts of the southern and northern parts of the Caribbean and in the province of Cartago, said the Instituto Meteorological Nacional.

A 7 p.m. bulletin said that there would be rain of varying intensities on the Caribbean coast, in the Central Valley and mostly in the southern part of the province of Limón.

Meanwhile, judicial police said they participated in the recovery of two bodies of men, 21 and 25, who were swept into the Río Chirripó while they were standing on a bridge Saturday. Both were workers on a local banana plantation. Another man still is missing. That brings the death toll to at least three with several more missing.

The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad said it was making progress clearing slides on national highways.

The national emergency commission said Monday night that there were still 1,867 persons in 28 public shelters. They mainly were in Paraíso, Jiménez and Turrialba in Cartago province and Siquirres, Matina, Limón Centro and Talamanca in Limón province. That number is down about 400 from the peak Saturday. The bulk of the storms hit early Saturday.

The commission said that there were at least 30 communities with some form of damage. Some homes were leveled by slides, and roads and bridges were damaged. In some cases flooding was more than four meters in residential areas.

Airlifts continued Monday as food and other supplies were brought to communities that remained cut off. Some were native communities in the mountains of Limón province.

The Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias still did not have a complete list of damage because workers were waiting for the waters to recede. Geologists were making the rounds to study slopes that may be in danger of generating landslides.

The commission reported that the Ministerio de Educación Pública has canceled classes again for today in the cantons of Turrialba, Jiménez, Talamanca and Matina. In other locations, the regional directors were given authority to cancel classes if they thought doing so was necessary.

The weather institute reported a buildup of clouds and moisture being put ashore by Caribbean winds. More rain was considered highly likely.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center reported last night that there is a weak area of low pressure associated with a tropical wave in the mid-Atlantic heading west at about 10 to 15 mph. That still is several days away.

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