Rains cause landslides that closed Ruta 32 for a time

Heavy rains Monday afternoon north of San José caused landslides that closed Ruta 32, the key highway to the north and to the province of Limón.

The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad announced the closure about 5 p.m. and said that the area around the Río Danta and in Zurquí had problems. The road was reoped about 10 a.m. today.

The highway runs through the Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo where there are steep cliffs alongside the roadway.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said there were heavy rains Monday afternoon in the northern zone and on the Caribbean coast.

Rains in the mountains caused rivers to rise.

Elsewhere in the country there were high winds.

The weather institute said that the winds and the rains would continue for the first couple of days of the week.

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