Floods in Costa Rica Leave 2 Dead

Heavy rain in parts of Costa Rica over the last 2 days has caused flooding in at least 11 cantons of the country, including the capital, San José.

Local media are reporting that 2 people have died as a result of the severe weather. One of the victims, a young girl, died in flood waters in Paramo de Perez Zeledon, about 30 km from San Isidro. The other victim died in a landslide in San Rafael de Naranjo.

Affected Areas

The National Emergency Commission (CNE) in Costa Rica say that flooding has been reported in San José, Desamparados, Aserrí, Alajuelita, Escazú, Montes de Oca, Tibás, Goicoechea, Cartago, Alajuela and Heredia.

CNE say there have been at least 125 incidents of flooding around the country so far. Seven families had to be evacuated from their homes near the María Aguilar river in the La Puñalada de Sagrada Familia area of San José.

In a statement yesterday, the Mayor of San José,Sandra García, said the city had seen over 60 mm of rain in 24 hours, which is more than twice the normal daily amount. She also acknowledged that work needs to be done in order to better protect the city from future flooding, including improvement of sewage and storm water systems and the clearing of drainage ditches and canals.


Local media say that, according to figures from Costa Rica’s National Meteorological Institute (IMN), as well as the capital, several other areas of the country saw over 60 mm of rain in 24 hours, including Santa Barbara de Heredia (75 mm) and San Pedro de Montes de Oca (65 mm).

The country suffered from weeks of severe flooding during June and July this year when thousands of people had to be evacuated.

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Video of Flooding in San José

Featured image courtesy of CNE.