Thursday, October 06 2011 @ 02:29 PM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
President Ricardo Martinelli went to the site to reopen the bridge over the Rio Chico, and promised to help the families who lost their possessions, or whose homes were damaged. The president expressed his condolences to the family of the Eynar Espinosa, who died buried by a landslide in Boqueron. Martinelli said he will investigate whether the destruction of the Chico River bridge was the responsibility of the Pedregalito hydroelectric project, which uses its power, especially in the downstream flow.
One effect of the calamity, which must be considered in the immediate future, is the damage caused by the rains to crops, which could result in a reduction of up to 40% in horticultural production. Crops such as tomatoes, lettuce, onion, and paprika could see significantly reduced performance. (Prensa)