Panama: 800 homes affected, thousands displaced and 3 dead due to flooding

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November 26th, 2012 (InsideCostaRica.com) Approximately 800 homes have been affected by flooding in Panama, which occurred as a result of heavy rains in the western part of the capital city of that country, specifically in the districts of La Chorrera, Capira, and part of Arraijan.

 

More than 2,700 people have been displaced, and are now in hotels and shelters.

 

Many homes were filled with water up to their roofs, while numerous landslides blocked roads.

 

The flooding was not limited to Panama City, as the province of Colon also fell victim to flooding caused by the heavy rainfall. On Sunday, the province was cut off from the rest of the country, as 3 landslides blocked roads leading in and out of the province. One of the deaths associated with the flooding occurred in Colon.

 

The minister of Public Works, Jaime Ford, said it was impossible to estimate the damage to road and highway infrastructure and the water recedes.

 

According to Panama’s National Protection System, the rains will continue until tomorrow.

 

The Panamanian government has declared the districts of La Chorrera, Capira and Colon in a state of emergency.

 

Yesterday the President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, expressed her solidarity with Panama via her official Twitter account, tweeting, “A hug of solidarity to our brothers in the Caribbean of Panama.”

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