Nov 25, 2012

Flooding in Colon and western Panama

Thousands of people have reportedly been displaced from flash flooding in the western part of Panama, including the areas Arraijan, La Chorrera, and parts of Capira.  Reports of flooding in Colon as well....Information just coming in, not much yet to report, although pleas are being sent out via television for assistance with dry goods and food for those people affected.  Many homes have been completely destroyed and people have lost everything.   President Martinelli has visited the areas and declared a state of emergency, however authorities are awaiting for flood waters to recede to determine the full extent of damages.  Two known deaths have occurred, but all information is not yet in.

Just in at 7 pm.  People are advised to avoid the transisthmus highway from Colon into Panama City due to mudslides and an apparent collapse of part of the roadway.  Reports on TVN2 indicate part of the road "dropped 25 feet" and crews are out attempting to deal with the problems.