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UN Team Assesses Costa Rica Flood Damage

The United Nations has sent a team of experts to Costa Rica to look at areas hit by heavy rains and flooding earlier this month.

A U.N. spokesman Thursday said representatives of several different agencies, including the World Health Organization, the U.N. Development Program and the U.N. Children's Fund, are making a two-day field visit to the town of Talamanca.

Four people were killed and 6000 displaced when heavy rains hit the Caribbean coastal area for several days earlier this month. U.N. officials say massive flooding contaminated wells and damaged health care facilities and sewage systems.

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says nearly 2,000 of the town's 29,000 residents are still living in shelters.

According to U.N. officials, the Food and Agricultural Organization will assess damage to the country's agricultural sector next month.