The basement of the National Library of Costa Rica has been flooded following torrential rains. Although the collections have not been directly water-damaged, high humidity is said to have affected some books dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.
The basement is also home to a store room of the Costa Rican Museum of Art housing more than 6300 works of art but fortunately the water has not penetrated this part of the building.
The flooding has also affected the conservation department which is based in the flooded area. It has been said that construction works on sewers in a nearby street may have contributed to the flood event, although this report has been rejected by those undertaking the work.
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