- Twitter / Juan Carlos Navarro
Heavy rains during the weekend in the province of Colón have caused serious flooding in the region, with Icacal, Río Indio and Gabea being the most affected areas.
Also, the National System of Civil Protection (Sinaproc) reported that several trees have fallen in sectors such as Gatuncillo and Sabanitas. The Río Indio and Portobelo townships are kept under surveillance.
These rains affected some 1,300 houses in the province of Colón, where their members have been receiving the relevant support from the authorities.
Varela visited affected areas
President Juan Carlos Varela visited the areas affected by the rains, where he reiterated that each of the affected families will receive support from the State.
The president informed that they will provide the necessary assistance to the entire affected population and announced that on January 15, new water pumps will be placed in the city (Casco Antiguo) to prevent further flooding.
In addition, the president called on the population to comply with the recommendations made by Sinaproc and avoid situations that put people’s lives at risk.
Families affected by these rains, caused by a cold front, have received mattresses, blankets, bags of food, toiletries and bottled water; among other basic goods.
Personal se mantiene trabajando en Río Indio, Donoso en Colón por inundaciones producto de las fuertes lluvias pic.twitter.com/TBFu5K42PN— SINAPROC PANAMA (@Sinaproc_Panama) January 5, 2018
Preliminar de situaciones atendidas desde el Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia (COE). Personal se mantiene en áreas afectadas pic.twitter.com/Rn8iPs5ux2— SINAPROC PANAMA (@Sinaproc_Panama) January 5, 2018