Independence parades canceled on Nicoya peninsula

independence day parades in towns in the Nicoya peninsula.

The Municipalidad de Nicoya, and the Ministerio de Educación Pública said Wednesday that the parades by school children have been canceled. There also will not be parades in Nandayure or Hojancha, said the Ministerio de Salud.

The Nicoya peninsula in which Nicoya is one of the major towns still is being rocked by aftershocks. Many structures, including schools, suffered extensive damage because the epicenter of the 7.6 quake was just 20 kilometers away off the coast of Sámara.

A team of psychologists from the Colegio de Psicólogos is in the area providing counseling for residents.

Instead of the parade, school children will mark the day in their classrooms Friday, the education ministry said.

The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social said Wednesday that orders of demolition have been issued for some health service structures on the peninsula. There also are plans to make major repairs.

The Caja said that its branch in Nicoya was a total loss.

The Área de Salud de Nandayure suffered 60
percent damage and the Área de Salud de Hojancha suffered 30 percent damage, according to an evaluation made by experts this week,said the Caja. There also are structural problems in the Área de Salud de 27 de Abril and in the Hospital La Anexión in Nicoya Centro where some columns and walls will be destroyed and rebuilt to strengthen the building. Most of the damage at the hospital is in the area where files are kept, said the Caja.

Further up the peninsula the Caja said that there was damage at the clinics in Sardinal and Filadelfia.

There will be an independence celebration in Washington, D.C., and there will be a silent auction that will benefit quake victims, said Costa Rican Embassy workers there. The event will be Saturday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the garden of the embassy at 2112 S. Street N.W.

A Día de Independencia ceremony will be at 5:20 p.m. There will be a parade of faroles, those traditional 19th century street lanterns usually made by children, at 6:15 p.m. The raffle will follow, and dancing is planned for 7:30 p.m.

Among other auction items are lunches with Muni Figueres, the Costa Rican ambassador, and Edgar Ugalde, the ambassador to the Organization of American States. There also are watercolors donated by the Asociacion Costarricense de Acuarelistas and works donated by Costa Rican artist Marité Vidales, said the embassy. The event is sponsored by The Asociación Costa Rica, Inc. The organization said that the top raffle prize is a ticket to Costa Rica on Avianca TACA.

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