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Flood in Panama

Monday, 21 November 2016

Type of Event:
Flood
Location of Event:
Panama
Date of Charter Activation:
21 November 2016
Time of Charter Activation:
20:58:00
Time zone of Charter Activation:
UTC+01:00
Charter Requestor:
USGS
Activation ID:
513
Project Management:
CATHALAC

Description of the event

Flooding has been reported in Panama after days of heavy rain, with forecasts suggesting more rain in the coming days.

Hundreds of people have been affected in the provinces of Chiriquí, Bocas del Toro, Veraguas and Los Santos.

In Chiriquí province, the Palo Blanco, Gariche, Rabo de Puerco, El Colorado and Chiriquí Viejo Rivers are all overflowing and causing floods to the area. In Los Santos Province, La Villa River is also overflowing.

SINAPROC, the Panamanian civil protection agency, has been conducting evacuations for over 200 people across the affected provinces and it is estimated that at least 100 homes have been damaged.