Q COSTA RICA NEWS – This morning, Monday, began the three days of national mourning decreed by the government for the death of ten people, among then 3 minors, in Upala and Bagaces, victims of Hurricane Otto’s trek in Costa Rica.

Seven cantones remain on RED ALERT. Map update 6:00am Monday morning.
Seven cantones remain on RED ALERT. Map update 6:00am Monday morning. Source CNE

In a brief ceremony, in which President Luis Guillermo Solís and other members of his cabinet participated, the Costa Rican flag at the National Emergency Commission (CNE) in Pavas was erected at half-mast.

The ten victims are:

– Marisa Alvarado Méndez, 45 (Bagaces)

– Orlando Obregón Jiménez, 45  (Bagaces)

– Dennis Alvarado Méndez, 37 (Bagaces)

– Joseph Barbosa Alvarado, 24 (Bagaces)

– Israel Zúñiga Picado, 11 (Upala)

– María Isabel Picado Castro, 38 (Upala)

– Vanessa Argüello Castro, 30 (Upala)

– Bianca Pichardo Argüello, 20 months (Upala)

– Dilan Mauricio Cheves Guerra, 8 months (Upala)

– Juana María Francisca Guerrero Agüero, 59 (Upala)

U.S. Aid

The United States has sent three helicopters and crew to aid in relief efforts
The United States has sent three helicopters and crew to aid in relief efforts. Photo Casa Presidencial

According to Gustavo Matos, minister of Public Security (MSP),  the relief efforts continue with the aid of three helicopters and crew from the U.S. to deliver Food, water and medical personnel to communities, including the indigenous of the Caribbean.

Mata explained that, thanks to the helicopters they have been able to reach remote communities such as Alto Telire de Talamanca and Chirripó.

Panama Aid

Panama sent a team of 32 experts, two airplanes and two helicopters. More will be sent if needed.
Panama sent a team of 32 experts, two airplanes and two helicopters. More will be sent if needed. Photo Newsroompanama.com

The first team of  32 Panamanians experienced in natural disasters, with two airplanes and two helicopters, arrived in Costa Rica on Friday,  to help that country in recovery efforts from the results of Hurricane Otto. They included 22 officials of the national air service, Senan,  10 from the civil defense agency Sinaproc.

According to Newsroompanama.com, Sinaproc Director José Donderis said that more aid will be sent if it is needed.