Since the beginning of last week, Upala, like other districts in the North, went on red alert when Otto was seen as important news, instead of being perceived as a weather threat that would leave such a grim legacy.
There were six intense, night hours. The dawn made evident the destruction and the challenge that the whole country would have to face.
In addition, the inefficient response to assist people on the first two days after the emergency generated a whole debate of criticism and comments against the government. The Executive admitted the measures were not organized and president Solís sent vice president Ana Helena Chacón to resolve “once and for all” problems related to shelters and delivery of food. It is important to point out that the local committee on emergengy wasn’t even activated. However, Upala’s mayor Juan Acevedo blames the CNE since the organization didn’t expect such impact and damages. In addition, he stated that, though residents were informed about the situation, they didn’t believe things were as bad as described until it was too late.
Chacón informed that the situation is under control and airplanes are needed to reach 8 isolated communities. In addition, officials from the Ministry of Health will be in charge of more than 40 shelters. Furthermore, ministers, deputy ministers and presidents of multiple entities are on the site of the tragedy to coordinate actions and respond to the demands of the population.