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Event: TC Tropical Cyclone
Number: 2020-000226
Country: CRI Costa Rica
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Date (YMD): 2020-11-10
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Information Source:CNE - Costa Rica
Comments: Since 30 October 2020, Hurricane Eta's indirect influence has caused rains of variable intensity across Costa Rica, with especially intense rainfall in Pacific areas in the country. According to data provided by the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), preliminary numbers established by National Society assessments and general data from the Operations Coordination Centre, the flooding, landslides, and damage to basic services caused by the indirect impact of Hurricane Eta has affected approximately 5,000 families in the provinces of San José, Alajuela, Heredia, Cartago, Puntarenas, Guanacaste, and Limón. On 2 November, the National Meteorological Institute (IMN) reported that Eta, now a category 4 hurricane packing sustained winds of up to 230 km/h and travelling west-ward directly towards Nicaragua at 6 km/h, was located 45 km SE of Cabo Gracias a Dios (Nicaragua-Honduras border) and approximately 426 km north of Limón, Costa Rica. In Costa Rica, this system's indirect influence increased as Hurricane Eta approached Nicaraguan territory, causing intense rainfall in Pacific areas on 2, 3, and 4 November and damage to roads and institutional, electrical, aqueduct, and household infrastructure in seven provinces and more than 54 cantons. Landslides and flooding have isolated and severely affected communities.
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