Costa Rica rains displace sponsored friends
July 31, 2012
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — Heavy rains have caused flooding in Costa Rica, displacing several sponsored friends and their families northeast of San Jose, the nation's capital. There have been no reports of serious injuries or deaths among the CFCA community.
Rafael Villalobos, CFCA project coordinator in San Jose, said some families in the CFCA sponsorship program have been forced to evacuate from their homes.
"It has been raining intensely for the past 48 hours," Villalobos said. "In two days, we have received the rain we usually get in one month."
Sponsored friends and their families have been evacuated to safe shelters where CFCA staffers are offering them support. The project is providing food and warm clothing, as well as protecting anything the families could salvage from their homes.
The flooding has also caused landslides in different areas in the country.
In some cases, the water rose more than 6 feet high inside the houses of sponsored friends.
CFCA is assessing the situation and will have further information as it becomes available.