Region, Nicoya

Strong Winds Damage Houses and Halt Fiestas

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Strong winds on Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3, left many sleepless, listening to the metal roof sheets banging, loosening and in some cases actually flying loose.

The area most affected was the district of Nosara, where about 7 houses lost their roofs, according to Montserrat Barrantes Zamora, administrative assistant to Adriana Rodriguez, vice mayor and president of the municipal emergencies committee.  A report is being prepared to be sent to the Mixed Institute of Social Assistance (IMAS- Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social). 

Marcos Avila, syndic for the district of Nosara, said they performed an inventory of damages and found five houses with damaged roofs, as well as a house damaged in Esperanza when a tree fell on it. Fortunately, no human injuries were reported. 

In addition, the fiestas in Garza had to be suspended Sunday and Monday because the high winds on Saturday night destroyed most of the structures.  Manuel Hernandez, president of the Garza Development Association, said most of the structures of vendors and kitchen areas collapsed, causing the loss of some goods.  Also metal structures were twisted and the panels around the bull ring fell.

Undaunted, they plan to reschedule the two lost days, reopening the fiestas for Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10, weather permitting, although the horse ride will not be held.  Bull riding will begin around 6 p.m., along with food vendors, games, and a dance hall. And on Sunday, if the winds permit, the famous bull Malacrianza will show the crowd just how mischievous he can be.

Bonifacio Diaz, syndic for the district of Samara, was not aware of any major damage, and Barrantes assured that there was little damage in the district of Nicoya.

The strong winds were caused by a cold front that hit the country on Saturday, March 2, according to Luis Alvarado Fajardo, meteorologist with the National Institute of Meteorology. The winds let up on Tuesday, March 5, but continue blowing.