The Comisión Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) – National Emergency Commission – reports the death of two homeless people from exposure due to the below normal temperatures in San Jose.
The two men are the first victims of the cold front that affects the country.
The information provided by the CNE is based on reports of the Cruz Roja (Red Cross) and the San Juan de Dios hospital.
One of the men who lived on the streets of downtown San Jose suffered a cardiorespiratory arrest and had purple hands and feet. The man was alive when paramedics arrived, but later died in hospital. The second man was also taken to the San Juan de Dios where he died. Both deaths were between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.
Authorities have not released the names of the vicitms.
Typical of the first week in January, the entire country is affected by a cold front that has dropped temperatures by a few degrees Celsius, strong winds and intermittent showers.
The areas most affected by the cold temperatures are those in higher elevations of the Central Valley, Caribbean and Northern Zone. Though the temperature has dropped in the Pacific coastal areas, such as Guanacaste, Puntarenas and the Southern Zone, temperatures are still ranging in the high 20s and low 30s Celsius.
In San Jose, the normal daytime temperature highs during these last couple of days have been 22 Celsius (72 Fahrenheit) instead of all year round normal 28 Celsius (82 Fahrenheit). Night time temperatures dipped in the 15 to 17 Celsius.
The cold is expected to leave us by Sunday.
Also, in San Jose, wind gusts of up to 60 km/h on Thursday yanked a large sign off one of the retail stores, hitting three people on the boulevard of Avenida 4, in the area of the Señoritas school. A woman was treated on site by paramedics but refused to be taken to a hospital.
Across the country, the CNE reports (as of last night) 24 incidents affected by the strong winds, among them falling trees and downed power lines, the majority of incidents in Limon (Caribbean) and Alajuela (northern zone).