Country: Americas

Costa Rica: Red Cross scales up emergency relief as heavy flooding leaves more than 500,000 people without drinking water

Geneva / Panama, 12 October 2017 – Heavy flooding across Costa Rica has displaced thousands and disrupted critical water and sanitation services, leaving more than 500,000 people without drinking water across the country. Torrential rains that have poured down on Costa Rica since mid-September, were made worse by Tropical Storm Nate, which hit the Central American country in early October, clogging drainage systems and disrupting waste disposal systems. Costa Rica’s national water agency has been working to restore services and is providing water cisterns and bottled water to the affected populations. However, communities in remote areas remain cut off from functioning sanitation services and clean water supplies. “When water and sanitation are compromised, waterborne diseases and other related health risks become a serious concern,” said Walter Cotte, Regional Director for the Americas of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). “More than 7,000 people have sought refuge in shelters and require emergency healthcare and clean water to prevent disease.” A state of emergency has been declared in the provinces of San Jose, Alajuela, Cartago, Heredia, Guanacaste, Puntarenas where flooding has destroyed more than 124,000 hectares of land. “We have more than 2,000 volunteers responding alongside national authorities to this national emergency that has affected 90 per cent of the country,” said Mr Glauco Quesada, President of the Costa Rica Red Cross. “We are providing psychological...

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Costa Rica: Floods

The objective is to ensure humanitarian assistance during the emergency and recovery phase to at least 24,000 people (6,000 families) impacted by flooding in the affected communities (initially in the regions of Guanacaste, Central and Pacific South), through the provision of health and care, WASH, shelter (including non-food items), RFL, DRR and CTP actions.

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Costa Rica: Floods

The Costa Rica Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) are supporting devastated communities after Tropical Storm Nate caused widespread flooding across the country.

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