Flood victims may face more rain

The rain-soaked cantons in northeastern Costa Rica got a break Tuesday as the rain tapered off.

Engineers got as chance to check damage from the heavy rains and flooding that hit the area.

Still, the  Instituto Meteorológico Nacional was predicting Tuesday night that more rain will fall in the mountains. That causes the rivers to rise. There also was intermittent rain predicted for the morning.

Both the ríos Sixaloa and  Chirripó were reported rising.

President Luis Gillermo Soís and his wife were expected to visit the stricken area today. They were to inspect a bridge at Río Blanco, Sarapiquí, and then meet with local officials.

The national emergency commission said that so far 114 communities have been located with some problems in the roadways, bridges and dwellings and 25 roadways were blocked partly or completely.

Six bridges, including the one for Ruta 32 at Río Blanco, were damaged, said the commission. Ruta 32 has been closed for two days due to some landslides as well as the bridge problem.

Tuesday afternoon there were 576 persons in shelters in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí,  Horquetas, Jiménez de Pococí and in Goshen de Matina.

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