Two Missing in Floods This Weekend
Sunday, October 14 2007 @ 11:46 PM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
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.
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 Panama-Guide.com. As usual feel free to go ahead and use whatever you want as long as you credit the source. Salud.