Hurricane Otto forces Costa Rica to declare national emergency

Published on : Thursday, November 24, 2016

hurricane-ottoThe President of Costa Rica has been forced to issue evacuation order for thousands of citizens and travellers as hurricane Otto is constantly gaining strength and heading towards the Caribbean coastal area.



President Luis Guillermo Solís has declared a state of emergency and also urged the residents and travellers to keep their vehicles off the roads in the most risky areas. Authorities have evacuated thousands of people from the coastal areas of Costa Rica and Nicaragua. The hospitals at the high-risk zones have been asked to transfer the patients to safe areas. Medical facilities near Los Chiles, Upala and San Carlos have also been asked to suspend elective surgeries.



The local authorities have issued evacuation order for over 7,000 people in the low-lying lands near Nicaragua and neighbouring areas.



According to the US National Hurricane Center in Miami, on 23rd November, the storm Otto was in the north-northeast of Costa Rica’s Limon and it was heading at a speed of 160 km per hour. The hurricane centre has announced Otto to be a category one storm and from Limon to Bluefields, a hurricane warning has been issued.



The forecasters believe that Otto is about to hit the coastal areas near Limon on Thursday, 24th November. They have also informed that the hurricane will hit northern Costa Rica or southern Nicaragua in the early hours of Friday, 25th November.

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