July 29, 1996 in Nation/World

Storm Kills 10 In Costa Rica

Compiled From Wire Services

Flooding from hurricane Cesar killed at least 10 people Sunday in Costa Rica’s remote south, as overflowing rivers swept away dozens of homes and their residents.

Cesar lost much of its force and was downgraded to a tropical depression when it moved north to Nicaragua.

Costa Rica’s National Emergency Commission said overflowing rivers caused severe flooding in Perez Zeledon, 70 miles south of the capital, where at least 21 people are still missing.

“Dozens of homes were washed away, some with entire families inside, so we still don’t know how many people were killed,” said commission director Carlos Quesada.

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