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Strong Electrical Storm Hitting Panama City Area

WeatherBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - And this from my "buddy" Annette Quinn, the weather person for the channel 2 TVN news via Twitter: "Strong electrical storm with lightning impacting the earth. Cancel all outdoor activity. Seven people have been killed in the past fifteen days by lightning."

Editor's Comment: You got it, Annette.

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Two Killed By Lightning, Under A Tree, While Watching A Soccer Match

WeatherExeida Lineth Hernandez Garcia, 9, and Yajaira Perez Gonzalez, 16, were killed Sunday afternoon when they were struck by lightning under a mango tree, where they watched a soccer game in the community of Chumicosa, area of El Copé, district of Olá, Cocle province. The incident occurred at noon while a light rain fell in the place. Samuel Garcia, the official who was working at the soccer game, said they applied first aid to both victims after the incident. Yajaira Perez stayed alive for a few minutes, but she died when she was taken to a nearby house. Amid the commotion, neighbors had called the police on Ola and their families, who came to the scene of the tragedy, where they were quickly seized by tears and pain. The staff of the Public Prosecutor made ​​the removal of the bodies. Exeida was a third grade student, the daughter of Anastasio Hernandez and Mirta Garcia. Yajaira Perez, 16, was the daughter of Cornelius Perez and Antonia Gonzalez. La Chumicosa is a community located about an hour from Penonomé. The victims were watching the match between Chumicosa and Los Caracoles, where they lived. (Siglo)
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Grandfather, Son, And Grandson Killed By Lightening

WeatherEstanislao Vásquez, 60, Gregorio Pérez Gracia, 40, and Carlos García, 15, were killed by lightning in the area of ​​Llano de Muna, Tolé district, Chiriquí. The tragedy occurred at about 5:00 pm yesterday, when heavy rain fell with winds and hail in the province of Chiriqui. The victims - grandfather, son, and grandson. (Critica)

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Sinaproc warns of strong waves for the weekend

WeatherThe National System of Civil Protection asked people not to go to the Pacific beaches this weekend, due to the coincidence of high tides and strong waves. "Last year, three people drowned at this time, and we report that the waves will be stronger this year," said the SINAPROC Director Arturo Alvarado on Monday. Therefore, "we call on the public to try to do anything other than going to the beaches," he said. Among the sectors where these conditions will occur include Boca la Caja, Puerto Caimito, Playa Leona, Farallón, and the Pacific coasts, said the official on TVN Noticias. (Prensa)
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Rain Causes Roadway Collapse in Chepo Last Night

WeatherThe Pan American Highway was closed for more than three hours near the town of El Llano in Cañitas of Chepo, leaving several communities cut off as a result of heavy rains on Monday night. The current in a stream caused the road to collapse, blocking traffic to and from the province of Darien, mainly. Workers from a construction company performing work on the scene, made a fill to provisionally open one lane of the roadway, so people could move towards their destinations. (Telemetro)

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Flood Victims Demanding Help - Even Through They Knew They Had "Invaded" A Flood Prone Area

WeatherAbout 70 families affected by the flooding last Friday in El Bajo of Nueva Esperanza, in Pacora, are asking the Government to help them because they have nothing left. Danilo Montero, one of the victims, said many families have lost everything and there are children who need food. According to Arturo Alvarado, the Director of the National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc), this area had been declared as a "floodplain since 2004." "Despite the warnings, many people ignored the call and built houses in this area," said Alvarado. Thirteen people died in the floods that occurred in 2004 in this sector. (El Siglo)

Editor's Comment: The government has an obligation to prevent people from living in areas such as this. The parents of innocent children might be dumb enough to "invade" a flood prone area, but when the flood occurs the innocent are the most likely to get killed. They should simply declare this area as uninhabitable, and if someone builds a house there, then they should be evicted and the house bulldozed. Do this a few times and people will get the message. Panama has all kinds of problems like this, in which the government fails to act until it's too late. For instance, those old wooden barracks that go up in flames every couple of months - most of those have been declared as condemned - but the government has failed to forcibly evict the families and tear them down. Not just this administration, I've seen dozens if not hundreds of similar incidents in the past 25 years. Panamanians are not very big on prevention, and are much more likely to drive a bus until the wheels fall off, then cry when it's sitting in the middle of the road on it's axle. So these 70 families want help? Great. Move them, and bulldoze their houses. You're welcome.

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Tropical Storm Issac Indirectly Influencing Panama's Weather

WeatherThe director of the National Civil Protection System Arturo Alvarado called on the community remain cautious in the rain this afternoon that has been over the national territory from August 25. Alvarado made ​​the appeal through his Twitter account, where he explained this bad weather in Panama is indirectly due to tropical storm Issac storm that threatens the coast of the United States, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic among other Caribbean countries. Sinaproc officials remain on the lookout for any warnings that might be issued in this regard. (Panama America)
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Pan American Highway Closed By Flooding River

WeatherCAPIRA, Western Panama - Vehicular traffic on the Pan American Highway was reestablished on Thursday, 23 August 2012, after the Capira river overflowed, compelling the momentary closure of the road. The road was closed for an hour and 30 minutes, as indicated by stranded motorists.

The Representative from the township of Campana, Gabriel Tuñon, said the road to Cerro Campana was blocked by a landslide. He also said 11 houses were flooded in the sector. The affected homes are located in Rialengo, La Constancia street, and Los Llanitos, he said. The National System of Civil Protection is conducting assessments in the area. (Prensa)

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Drought Driving Up Corn Prices - Broad Impact On Basic Food Items in Panama

WeatherThe district of La Chorrera, in the Western part of the province of Panama, famous for the popular "chicheme" and rolls, will see increases in the price of these popular products due to the increased cost of corn.

Is expected the price for corn will increase to five dollars per bushel, which will affect consumers. Tortillas, "bollos" and chicheme could increase from 25 to 35 cents in La Chorrera due to the increasing cost of corn.

Small restaurant owners, such as Jose Diaz, warn that consumers will have to adjust to the new prices, otherwise they won't be able to make more chicheme. "Those who suffer are the people, the poor," lamented Diaz.

Meanwhile, Batista Adonay wondered how the people will be able to continue to consume these products. What he dislikes the most, he said, is that the people remain unaware. The cry of those who earn less in wages, is that the government should seek a solution to the continuing increases in the cost of the basic food basket. People who eat in these small restaurants out of necessity, with have to do something else, or they will be forced to reduce consumption of the more expensive products. (TVN)

Editor's Comment: The continuing drought in the United States is driving up corn prices in Panama. This type of corn is used for many things, including feed for chicken, cattle, and pigs - so the cost of all kinds of meat is going up as well. The only thing the government can do is implement some subsidies, but the broad affect of price increases caused by the drought is simply too much to hold off. Prices are going to go up, and there's not much anyone can do about it.

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Wind Storm At Dawn Blows Off Roofs, Knocks Down Trees

WeatherThere were reports of falling trees and roofs being blown off during a storm early this morning, accompanied by high winds in several communities of the capital city. Chanis, La Siesta, Las Cumbres, Alcalde Díaz, Pedregal, Juan Díaz and Don Bosco are some of the places where people on the social networks reported strong winds. There were also reports of roofs being blown off in Rio Abajo and Pueblo Nuevo, and a tree was blown down and blocking the roadway in Pueblo Nuevo de Pacora. (TVN)

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