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San José, Costa Rica, Friday, July 31, 2015, Vol. 15, No. 150
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June flooding emergency is costing the government about $20 million
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The national emergency commission said Thursday that government entities have invested 10.5 billion colons, some $20 million, in repairs from heavy rains in June in the northeaster part of the country.  Two thirds of that amount were to fix roads and bridges, according to the summary issued by the agency.

The commission said that 185 stretches of road, 59 bridges, 16 dikes, 47 waterlines, 2,500 homes, 547 schools suffered damage. And the impact still is being calculated.

The most emergency money was spent in the canton of Matina. Also suffering major damage were   Limón, Sarapiquí de Heredia and Turrialba de Cartago. The  Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias coordinates the repair efforts.

The damage estimate only includes that which was spend by the government. There were major losses in structure and agriculture that are being born by private individuals. In addition, the Cuz Roja maintains shelters, conducted rescues and spent money for other reasons connected with the flooding.

The rains that began June 20 were produced by a wave of low-pressure troughs that swept in from the Caribbean. Another trough, called a tropical wave, is being tracked now off the African coast. It is expected to develop into at least a tropical depression that will reach Costa Rica in about a week.


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The  Consejo Nacional de Vialidad said it spent 70 million colons (some $132,600) to fix this damage to the base of this Ruta 230 bridge over the  Río Turrialba.


Bottoms up
Official booze bill is lower

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


The current administration is praising itself for only spending 37.2 million colons ($70,500) on food in the last year ending this June and just 7.4 million ($14,000) on alcohol. The amounts are lower than during the same first year of two prior administrations, according to an announcement.

Casa Presidencial also said that the Luis Guillermo Solís administration has reduced spending on overtime and cell telephone usage.

The figures only cover what was spent by the  Ministerio de la Presidencia and Casa Presidencial during the year.

The announcement also does not say for what purpose the money was spent.

Although the public may think government officials are ending their week with a party, there are legitimate reasons to purchase alcohol. State dinners require lubrication for reciprocal toasts. And, although not reflected in these figures, the foreign ministry is a big consumer of alcohol because there are  a number of diplomatic functions throughout the year.

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