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Panama's Executive Cabinet Council Declares State of Emergency (Drought)

WeatherBy Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com - Panama's Executive Cabinet Council of Ministers has declared a state of emergency for the provinces of Coclé, Veraguas, Los Santos and Herrera.

The Cabinet Council approved a resolution declaring the State of Emergency in the so-called dry arch region, including the provinces of Coclé, Veraguas, Los Santos and Herrera, in response to an ongoing absence of rain (drought conditions.)

The proposal was presented by the Minister of Agriculture, Oscar Osorio, accompanied by Arturo Alvarado, the Director of the National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC).

According to Minister Osorio, climatic and meteorological conditions have been characterized by a long period with no rain in the country, affecting the growth and production of rainfed crops and improved pastures, used to feed most of the cattle production in the country.

This ongoing lack of rainfall has decimated the cattle population and has caused reduced flows and levels in the rivers and streams, and the availability of groundwater, causing havoc on agricultural production.

The declaration of an official State of Emergency, Osorio said, authorizes the Minister of Economy and Finance - if required - to request a waiver before the National Assembly for the temporary suspension of the financial limits established in Article 11 of Law 34 of 2008, and the attainment of economic resources for the Ministry of Agriculture, up to 3 million dollars.

Editor's Comment: Well, this drought is not related to an El Niño or La Niña event because we are currently under ENSO neutral conditions. Normally the heavy rainy season rains start on or about 15 April in Panama, so they are now at least three weeks late. If it ever stops raining in Panama - the Panama Canal is screwed (because it runs on rainwater) - and so is the electrical grid, because about 50% of the nation's power comes from hydro electricity. The cattle herd in Panama is suffering from a lack of both feed and water, and it's reaching a critical level. You can save the animals, but it's not economically feasible to do so. Trucking in the feed and water costs more than the cattle are worth, so they are sacrificed.

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Emergency Due To Drought

WeatherThe SINAPROC signed a state of emergency for Los Santos, Herrera, Veraguas, Cocle, Panama East and Chiriqui, due to drought and severe water shortages.

Arturo Alvarado, director of SINAPROC, said this declaration will be raised before the Cabinet Council by the Minister of Agriculture, Oscar Osorio.

Osorio said this is due to climate change and considers that each year this will increase if the appropriate measures are not taken.

"The amount of fires that are voluntarily and involuntarily started the days before it rains is the worst thing they do," said Osorio. "Not only does it damages the land, but it automatically changes the atmosphere."

He also believes people must get together to look for alternatives and not leave everything up for the Government to solve.

In terms of technology, the Government said they will conduct a deep well project in Panama, and they have approved one for Santa Ana of Los Santos and another for the province of Cocle.

Alexis Bravo, director of the Ministry of Agriculture in Los Santos, said that so far 200 cattle have died from drought, and 40 of them in the Tonosí area.(Critica)

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Search Continues For Missing Swimmer

WeatherThe whereabouts of Benjamín Márquez, who disappeared last Sunday while bathing on the beach in Maria Chiquita, Colon, is still unknown to the authorities of the National System of Civil Protection, who yesterday called off the search at 6:00 pm.

Reports of this institution, which yesterday cancelled the Green Alert decreed because of the passage of a cold front indicate the search for the missing 26 year old were resumed today at 6:00 am.

Yesterday, Cesar Osorio, the Chief of Weather Forecasting for ETESA, said the cold front that had been passing through the area since last weekend dissipated on Monday afternoon.

In the Gulf of Mexico, according to Osorio, the 32nd cold front of the season is passing though, which is not expected to affect Panama. (Siglo)

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Sinaproc Cancels Green Alert For Caribbean Cold Front

WeatherPanama's National Civil Protection System decided to lower the alert they had issued due to the cold front moving through the Caribbean because the intensity of the winds has decreased. (more)

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MEDUCA Suspends Classes In Colon Due To Cold Front

WeatherThe Minister of Education, Lucy Molinar suspended classes today, Monday, 4 March 2013, for schools located in the center of the city of Colon, a product of the cold front that is currently passing through the Caribbean, and because power has been knocked out to the area.

The Regional Director of Education in the province of Colon, Rudolfo Herrera said they are conducting assessments across the province to hear the reports of the situation.

He added so far they have not received information from the coastal areas, but they have already dispatched personnel to those areas. (Panama America)

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SINAPROC Issues Green Alert, Sailors Rescued, Ships Blown Ashore

WeatherThe director of the National System of Civil Protection Arturo Alvarado said through his Twitter account they have declared a Green Alert due to the cold front that is currently passing through the Caribbean.

He also announced that six ships have been blown ashore in the province of Colon.

Three sailors have been rescued, two Panamanians and a 57 year old man from North Carolina in the United States.

He said they also rescued another five people at one in the morning along the Atlantic coast.

The rescue operation ended at 3:00 am. The ships have been blown ashore in front of the Parque de la Juventud and in the plaza of the Parque Chino in Colón. (Panama America)

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SINAPROC Issued A Warning Today

WeatherPanama's National Civil Protection System issued a warning today.

The Pacific coast of Panama will experience higher than normal tids as high as 17 feet, starting at 3:33 am this morning, Sunday, 10 February 2013 and lasting until 18:58 pm on Thursday, 14 February.

The General Director of the SINAPROC Arturo Alvarado advised people to take precautions for the duration of the phenomenon of the tides, and said they have staff available to respond if necessary to areas vulnerable to flooding and flood-prone areas on the Pacific, since they coincide with high tides.

He also warned coastal populations and light vessels to take precaution against the probability of large waves. (Estrella)

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SINAPROC Warns Of High Tides This Weekend

WeatherStarting at 2:48 in the morning today, Friday, 11 January 2013, tides reaching as high as 17.5 feet will be recorded along the Pacific coast of Panama.

These higher than normal tides will last until 7:28 pm on Wednesday, 16 January 2013, so the director general of the National System of Civil Protection asks the public to take precautions.

They also warned coastal populations and light vessels take precaution against the probability of wave activity. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: The SINAPROC issues one of these warnings every month, and normally someone drowns as a result of being sucked off of the beach by a riptide. This weekend if you're going to go into the Pacific ocean, it would be a good idea to take a flotation device with you, just in case. Learn how to properly respond to a riptide.

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A Cold Front Is Affecting Panama's Weather

WeatherA new cold front remains positioned over Panama and it will affect the country for two days.

This was confirmed by the director general of the National System of Civil Protection Arturo Alvarado, who explained that the weather phenomenon comes from the Gulf of Mexico.

Alvarado said that although the cold front has altered the convergence zone, sporadic rains that may occur because of this phenomenon will only occur for two days on Tuesday and Wednesday in different regions of the country. (Mi Diario)

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Official Reports On Flood Damage Not Yet Ready

WeatherThe report on the damages caused by the flooding that occurred on Sunday, 25 November 2012 could be ready within two months, where most of the people affected were in the Western sector of the province of Panama and in the province of Colon.

According to the Minister of Economy and Finance Frank De Lima the "most involved" institutions have not yet submitted their inputs, such as the Ministry of Education (Meduca), Ministry of Housing and Land Management (Miviot) and the Ministry of Health (MoH), among others, which should gather the information.

"The last time in 2010 when flooding occurred in December, it was not until March when they filed the report, and it is expected to take two months," he said on Telemetro Reports.

As soon as all of the government entities have submitted their reports, the Minister will make a presentation to the Cabinet. (Panama America)

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