The United States Government announced Thursday the donation of $ 150,000 to Costa Rica to help with rescue and humanitarian assistance to those affected by Tropical Storm Nate.
The US Embassy in Costa Rica expressed its solidarity and explained that the donation will be used for the expenses of helicopter flights that distribute food, humanitarian aid and transport rescue and medical personnel as well as personnel specialized in damage assessment.
“In this way the US Government responds to the request for assistance presented by the National Emergency Commission of Costa Rica (CNE),” said a statement from the diplomatic delegation.
The collaboration is formalized through the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), a branch of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The Embassy said that OFDA and other US entities “work steadily with the CNE and other regional institutions in the prevention and mitigation of disasters that may affect the country.”
Tropical storm Nate, which later turned into a hurricane far from Costa Rica, caused severe floods and landslides last week in the Central American country, as well as at least 11 deaths, thousands of people affected and 11,500 people sheltered.
Authorities have received help from friendly governments such as Panama, which has provided helicopters and rescue personnel.