Costa Rica recovers after storm, landslides
November 8, 2010
ESCAZU, Costa Rica – A storm that caused flooding and landslides in Costa Rica has affected some sponsored members and their families, according to staff reports. At this time, no deaths have been reported in the CFCA community as a result of the storm.
Rafael Villalobos, CFCA project coordinator in San Jose, Costa Rica, said many roads had been destroyed and hundreds of families in the area are in shelters after the storm triggered heavy rain and landslides.
The most severe landslide killed at least 25 people in the area of San Antonio de Escazu. CFCA does not have any sponsored members in Escazu.
It does, however, serve members in the nearby community of Alajuelita, Costa Rica, which also suffered from the storm's impact.
"Most of the families living in the area mostly work in agriculture," Villalobos wrote. "They struggle to have their simple homes and a few commodities."
Heavy rain began on Tuesday, Nov. 2, and has continued all week. Villalobos said in his latest update that the storm was moving toward the Caribbean.
More information from the field will be posted as it becomes available.
CFCA serves more than 6,900 children, youth and aging members in Costa Rica.