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Panamanians abroad feel the impact of Irma

The Information Coordination Center (Cecodi) in the Foreign Ministry handles full information about the Panamanian people, residents or visitors in the affected area
  • EFE

With a terrible category five, Hurricane Irma has devastated a large part of the Caribbean. And the nightmare is not over.

Its 295 km per hour damages with no mercy everything in its path. Cuba and Florida are already on the alert for extreme danger.

The typhoon is linked with the terrible effects of Hurricane Harvey, which caused serious damage in Texas.

Now, Katia and José join this phenomenon in one of the most severe hurricane seasons ever seen, according to data from the National Hurricane Center in the United States.

Are Panamanians hit by the hurricane?

The Information Coordination Center (Cecodi) in the Foreign Ministry handles full information about the Panamanian people, residents or visitors in the affected area.

The Government of Panama is monitoring - through its consuls - the citizens who are in the affected regions, said director of Communications of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mónica De León.

An estimated 30,000 people remain outside their homes, in shelters that have been authorized by the US government, including at least 5,000 Panamanians, according to records of the Houston consulate.

CECODI activated

In order to assist Panamanians in areas that are estimated to be impacted by hurricane Irma, the Government of Panama, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, activated the Information Coordination Center (CECODI).

The Panamanian Foreign Ministry reported that relatives and families requiring information from Panama will be assisted.

Is Martinelli at risk?

The "majority" of the state will suffer the impact of category 4 hurricane Irma, which is expected to hit the US coast at dawn next Sunday, warned Florida Governor Rick Scott.

Irma, who has caused at least 12 deaths and huge material damage to its passage through the Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico, lies 435 kilometers east of Caibarién (Cuba) and 655 southeast of Miami.

Martinelli is being held at the Miami Federal Detention Center, a low-security prison in south Miami, about an hour from the South Florida District Court.

Details concerning if the site is equipped for seismic situations are unknown.

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