Red Cross ambulances at the ready to attend to the trapped. Photo: MAYELA LÓPEZ, La Nacion
Red Cross ambulances at the ready to attend to the trapped. Photo: MAYELA LÓPEZ, La Nacion

COSTA RICA NEWS (6:17am) — Up to 1.200 people is the number of persons rescued after being trapped for hours in between the landslides of the Ruta 32, between San José and Guapiles, in the area of the Zurquí through the Braulio Carillo.

Machinery and crews working through the night and continued rain were able to open passage for a large number of the people and trapped vehicles. The only vehicles and their drivers remaining on site are a number of tractor trailers, the drivers refusing to abandon their trucks.

The Cruz Roja (Red Cross) said there were no injuries reported.

The road will not opened until completely safe. We don’t want deaths,” said Melendez of the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad (Conavi).

If travelling to and from Limón and San José, the alternate routes are through Cartago and Turriallba to Siquirirres and Guapiles through Sarapiquí and Heredia.


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