Emergency commission staffers and a geologist have made air flights to look at nine areas in the country with high landslide risk. They report that the slide areas appear to be stable, although this is just the start of the rainy season.
One area of concern is the Bajo Alumbre slide at La Retumbera, in the canton de Turrubares. The menacing mountain is above a petroleum pipeline that crosses river. A slide from the mountain has the potential to wipe out the pipeline and dump the petroleum contents into the river.
The Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias said that the information from the overflight will give experts at the Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo S.A. to construct an alternative.
The other areas of potential danger are Tapezco and Chitaría in Santa Ana, Pacacua in Mora, a site in Puriscal, Burío in Aserrí. Tablazo in Desamparados, Cerro Cedral in Escazú and La Cascabela in Alajuelita.
Even though the air flights targeted just nine sites where slides have taken place, the emergency commission said that the potential lurks in many other place. It urged residents to pay attention to the mountain that may be above their home. There have been several slide in recent years that resulted in substantial lose of life.
The emergency commission said that it would be sharing the details of the overflights with the municipalities involved.
The agency plans to continue watching likely slide spots from the air and the ground as well as designing and installing systems of alert.