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Tuesday, June 25 2019 @ 04:46 AM UTC

Two Missing in Floods This Weekend

Weather By DON WINNER for - Roberto Velásquez Abood, the Director of Panama's National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) said there are two people missing, one from the province of Chiriquí and the other in Herrera. Melissa Sánchez, 8 years old, has been missing since approximately 1:00 pm Friday afternoon from the village of Río Cuvíbora, in the area of Maraca, Comarca Ngöbe Buglé in the province of Chiriquí. On Saturday morning her family members reported to SINAPROC that the girl had gone out on the river with aunts of hers, who said that it was raining and that the river was swollen. (more)

The Young and The Old: The other missing person is 80 year-old Sotero Moreno, a farmer who was out working the fields in the area of Las Cabras in the District of Pesé in the province of Herrera. Moreno has been missing since 3:00 pm Friday afternoon. Residents of the area found his horse and some of the things he was using in the fields. At least 20 residents of the area as well as Representative Javier Vega and SINAPROC personnel from Herrera and units of the National Police are conducting a search.

Heavy Rains Cause Landslides and Flooding in Costa Rica and Panama
Heavy Rains Cause Landslides and Flooding in Costa Rica and Panama

The Really Rainy Season Is Upon Us: You can almost set your calendar to these SINAPROC reports. Every year at about this time the serious and heavy rains start to kick in all over the country, causing local flooding when streams and rivers leave their banks. Last year a very unusual weather pattern occurred when a storm front stalled near the Costa Abajo of Colon. The system basically sat in one place for days dumping billions of gallons of water on the saturated countryside, flooding everything. The bridge over the Rio Indio still has not been fixed, and residents in the area pass over a "patch" section of Baily bridge.

Moving Water Safety: Never try to cross fast moving water that is above your knees on foot. Never underestimate the power of quickly moving water either on foot or in a vehicle. For standing water, if you don't know how deep it is find out first before attempting to cross. If you get caught in a serious flood head for high ground. Climbing just ten or fifteen feet should put you above the flood level. Put an overnight or emergency kit in your car in case you are stranded somewhere on the "other side" of a river which contains the basics for your survival and comfort for at least a couple of days until the rain stops and water levels drop. Include things like insect repellent, sun block, any medicines you routinely take, some extra cash. Keep a case of drinking water in the back of your car. Finally, don't be afraid to just say "forget it" and wait it out. People get into trouble when they feel forced or compelled to cross dangerous waters even when they know it would be safer to stay in place.

Copyright 2007 by Don Winner for As usual feel free to go ahead and use whatever you want as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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