Posted by: Idioma Extra | November 9, 2010

Tuesday’s News

Efforts continue to bring normality to all of nation


The jobs of opening up highways, restoring power and water and housing storm refugees continues. The weather cooperated with a Monday that was chilly but with lots of sun.

But the government also announced that it would not be investing public money in rebuilding homes in areas that are prone to flooding or landslides. Officials also said that any new roads would be designed to be permanent.

Much of the country’s road network suffered heavy damage in four days of rain. Many of the problems have been attributed to faults in the engineering or materials.

The national emergency commission lifted an alert in the northern zone and the Caribbean coast but continued an alert in the Central Valley and Pacific coast where rescue work continues.

In San Antonio de Escazú rescue workers wrapped up their labors at the scene of a fatal landslide without finding a suspected victim. In the entire landslide rubble yielded 23 bodies. This was the type of area that Vice President Luis Liberman was considering when he said that central government officials are not going to build in zones where there are always floods and constant landslides during the rainy season.

He said his office would coordinate this with banks, ministries and other institutions. The Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias said there still were 3,709 persons in 64 public shelters as a result of the storm. At least 325 of the refugees are in shelters in Escazú where some are receiving psychological counseling.

Food distribution continues, mainly in Aguirre, Corredores, Parrita, Golfito and Osa in Puntarenas and in Escazú, Dota and Pérez Zeledón in San José province.

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad said that power was being restored slowly. Principal areas of concern are Ciudad Colón, Santa Ana, Escazú, Puriscal, Acosta, Tarbaca and Aserríarea and Palmar Norte, Uvita, Ciduad Cortés, Buenos Aires, Ojochal, Platanillo, Ballena de Osa and La Campiña in the southern zone.

Fixed line service was restored in parts of the central Pacific including Parrita, Quepos, La Palma and La Loma, the company reported.

Some mobile phone towers were out of service because repair crews could not reach them given the condition of the roads.

The Interamericana Sur still is cut with slides and washouts in a number of places. The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes said it was paying 100 million colons (about $195,000) a day for rented machinery.

At least 19 bridges were damaged in some way, and some had collapsed. Access to Nosara and Ostional on the Pacific coast off the Nicoya peninsula was restored, officials said.

The central government is beginning to allocate money, but the full cost of the storm will not be known for weeks.

Word of the day

Pronunciation: \ˈa-lə-ˌkāt\
Origin: Medieval Latin allocatus, past participle of allocare, from Latin ad-locare to place, from locus place — more at stall
First Known Use: circa 1641
1: apportion for a specific purpose or to particular persons or things : distribute <allocate tasks among human and automated components>
2: to set apart or earmark : designate <allocate a section of the building for special research purposes>

More Vocabulary

Attribute: v. to explain by indicating a cause
House: v.
to provide with living quarters or shelter
Prone: adj.
having a tendency or inclination
Rubble: n.
broken fragments (as of rock) resulting from decay or destruction
Shelter: n.
an establishment providing food and shelter (as to the homeless)
Washout: n.
a place where earth is washed away

Love those Phrasal Verbs!

Open up: to become or make open

  • Please open up the window and let some air in. It is too hot in here.

Wrap up: to conclude; finish work on

  • We should be able to wrap up this project by early next week.

Below are some common phrases used when speaking on the phone in English. To learn more, consider Idioma Internacional’s AFD 550 Telephoning and Business Communication Course!

Asking for a name/information

May I ask who’s calling?
Could you hold, please?
Just one moment, please.
One moment please. I’ll transfer your call.
Thank you for holding. I’ll connect you now.


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