The Costa Rican government declared a national state of emergency Wednesday after heavy damage and casualties were caused by heavy rainfall over the last week. The floods have already claimed 18 lives. Intense rainfall added to the rain of recent months, causing an estimated 80 million dollars in damage. Roads across the country have been badly damaged, particularly in the Costa Rican south and in the northern province of Guanacaste. "The damage to the traffic infrastructure is immense." Neighbouring countries Nicaragua and Panama and several Caribbean islands have also been affected by flooding. Image Above: Emergency workers recover bodies after a landslide in Costa Rica. Photo / Reuters
Torrential Rains, Floods Kill 20 in Central America
COSTA RICA - Emergency officials across Central America worked to clean up towns inundated by recent deadly floods and landslides, and braced for more bad weather.
At least 20 people were killed and thousands evacuated across Central America after days of torrential rain sparked landslides and flooding.
The same weather system that killed 23 people in a Haitian village on Friday triggered a landslide that buried 14 people under mud and debris in Costa Rica.