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Most of Costa Rica on green alert for unusually heavy rains

San José, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) A good part of Costa Rica is today on green alert due to unusually heavy rains in March, the rainiest in the last 25 years, according to the National Meteorological Institute (IMN).

Except for the Caribbean region, the rest of this Central American nation is in the information phase, decreed by the National Emergency Commission (CNE) in view of the IMN forecasts that the rains will continue for at least 24 hours more, in heavy downpours totally atypical in a month, in which the lack of rain is more frequent.

Due to heavy rainfalls on Monday and Tuesday, the CNE counted about 40 incidents of flooding in different locations in the Central Valley (covering the main cities of the provinces of San José, Alajuela, Cartago and Heredia) and in the South Pacific.

On the other hand, the most recent IMN report pointed out that unstable conditions in the local atmosphere, high humidity contents, together with weak trade winds favor afternoon showers and downpours in the Pacific and Central Valley regions, as well as in the west of the Caribbean regions and towards the center of the Northern Zone.

The IMN warned that the presence of soils with a higher percentage of saturation caused by the rains of the last days, are located in mountainous sectors of the South Pacific, towards the southeast of the Central Pacific and in the surroundings of the Golfo Dulce.

Therefore, it recommended caution for sewer saturation and possible flash floods, prevention before thunderstorms and to seek shelter in a safe place in case of strong gusts of wind near the storm clouds, viewing the possibility of the falling of tree branches and power lines.


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