The national emergency commission said Thursday that government entities have invested 10.5 billion colons, some $20 million, in repairs from heavy rains in June in the northeastern part of the country. Two thirds of that amount were to fix roads and bridges, according to the summary issued by the agency.
The commission said that 185 stretches of road, 59 bridges, 16 dikes, 47 waterlines, 2,500 homes and 547 schools suffered damage. And the impact still is being calculated.
The most emergency money was spent in the canton of Matina. Also suffering major damage were Limón, Sarapiquí de Heredia and Turrialba de Cartago. The Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias coordinates the repair efforts.
The damage estimate only includes that which was spend by the government. There were major losses in structures and agriculture that are being born by private individuals. In addition, the Cuz Roja maintains shelters, conducted rescues and spent money for other reasons connected with the flooding.
The rains that began June 20 were produced by a wave of low-pressure troughs that swept in from the Caribbean. Another trough, called a tropical wave, is being tracked now off the African coast. It is expected to develop into at least a tropical depression that will reach Costa Rica in about a week.