SINAPROC Declares "Emergency Zones" In Several Parts of Province of Panama Due To Flooding

Friday, November 18 2011 @ 03:04 pm EST

Contributed by: Don Winner

The National Civil Protection System of Panama (Sinaproc) Friday declared "emergency zones" in several parts of the country due to floods caused by heavy rains in the last hours. The areas designated as "emergency" are in the Eastern sector of the province of Panama, where the Cabra river overflowed, and in the Western sector where the Caimito and Aguacate rivers caused problems in the villages of Arraiján and Pacora, according to a press release from SINAPROC. Authorities estimate that 400 people were affected by the floods that have affected nearly 150 homes, where the waters have reached one meter deep. This morning residents affected by the flooding of the Cabra river temporarily blocked the streets to denounce that the flooding was supposedly caused by an illegal landfill that a company is building in the area. The mayor of Panama, Bosco Vallarino, traveled to the area and committed to the neighbors to investigate the complaint. Last week, another rainstorm hit the Atlantic province of Colon, where floods have affected hundreds of homes and prevented the normal movement of goods valued at $75 million dollars dollars through the Colon Free Trade Zone. (Estrella)

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