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Cyclone alert in Panama wouldn’t hit directly the isthmus

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 17:33


Cyclone alert in Panama wouldn’t hit directly the isthmus

PANAMA CITY.- The Department of Hydro-meteorology of the Electric Transmission Company, S.A. (Etesa) warned last June 1st about precipitations that are anticipate registering in the coming weeks in some areas of the country.

Etesa hydro-meteorology reported that since June 1 began the hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico.

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The meteorologist of the Electric Transmission Company indicated in an interview to TVN (read more) that these environmental conditions will enter a "severe stage" to the islands of the Caribbean, nevertheless, emphasized that, due to the characteristics of the isthmus, these events Will not directly affect the country.

For its part, the National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc) said through its account in the social network Twitter that it keeps the permanent monitoring in the vulnerable points and made a call to the population to report the situations of risk to the numbers of preset phones.

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It is important to emphasize that almost always the storms and hurricanes that are generated in the Caribbean pass through Panama. In its passage, they leave only rains and strong winds. However, in other regions of Central America, the impact is much stronger, although sometimes these natural disasters cause in the isthmus overflow of some rivers that affect vulnerable populations.

Potential damages

Last Wednesday, the communities of Burunga, Veracruz, Barriada 7 de Septiembre and Nuevo Chorrillo, in the Arraijan district of West Panama, were affected by floods, tree falls and landslides caused by heavy rains.

There were also overflows in Cuango, Miramar, and Viento Colo de Colón.

Despite the efforts of the authorities to care for people who have been affected by these precipitations, the risk that the communities can present still prevails.

Given this situation, the National Civil Protection System recommends that Panamanians stay awake and alert during severe storms because landslides occur precisely at night.



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