Heavy rains cause rivers overflowing and landslides nationwide
The heavy rains generated by the passage of Hurricane Eta through Central America, which has now become a tropical storm, has affected several sectors of Panama.
In Chiriquí, the Fonseca, Chiriquí Viejo and Tabasará rivers overflowed, causing the collapse of bridges and landslides that have left residents of San Juan, San Lorenzo, and Soloy in the Ngäbe Buglé Comarca isolated.
Likewise, a landslide was recorded in Bambito that left two houses buried.
The mayor of the sector, Javier Pittí, reported that the residents were evacuated and that personnel from the National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc) and the National Police remain in the area.
After this, the authorities reduced a lane of the Inter-American highway in Chiriquí.
In Veraguas, the authorities brought humanitarian assistance to families from at least five communities that were affected by the overflow of the Cobre, San Pablo and Tobálico rivers.
In view of the emergency situation that is being registered, the Chiriquí and Bocas del Toro Emergency Operations Center was activated.
In Cerro San Pablo, El Harino, in Coclé, members of the Ministry of Public Works (MOP) in coordination with the contractor Equival, carry out work after a landslide in this sector.
In Santa María, Herrera province, there are also flooded streets and residences with introduction of water due to heavy rains.
While in Taboga part of the only dock on the island collapsed. This after days ago the residents reported that they had been affected, but did not get answers.
The rains are expected to continue in the next few hours, generating high probabilities of flooding for the following areas:
- Bocas del Toro
- Ngäbe Buglé
- Veraguas: Cañazas, La Mesa, San Francisco, Las Palmas and Soná