San Jose, Oct 5 (AFP) Nearly 1,000 people were evacuated from their homes on Costa Rica’s northern and central Pacific coast due to flooding caused by heavy rain, officials said Friday. Also Read - 'Love Wins': As Costa Rica Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage, Lesbian Couple Ties the Knot At Midnight

The downpours began Thursday, unleashing widespread flooding, said Alexander Solis, president of the National Commission on Emergencies (CNE). Also Read - Real Madrid Goalie Keylor Navas Returns to Costa Rica Squad

The government has prepared 16 shelters for the 989 evacuees — a figure officials said was likely to rise given the forecast of continued rain through Friday and Saturday. Also Read - US Mayor Proposes Mandatory Firearms Insurance to Curb Gun-related Crimes

The Ministry of Public Works and Transportation said crews were deployed to clear landslides that had blocked highways across much of the country. (AFP) SCY

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