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Tropical cyclone prompts heavy rain alert

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Posted 06/10/2022

The National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc) continues to monitor a disturbance likely to develop into a tropical cyclone in the Caribbean basin.

The prevention notice will remain in force from October 6 to 10 throughout the country, with maximum vigilance over Chiriquí, Veraguas, Darién, Los Santos, East Panama, Costa Abajo de Colón, and the Ngäbe Buglé region.

Sinaproc forecasts significant amounts of rain in the country, especially from October 7 to 9, due to the numerous rainy events with intensities from light to strong and periods from frequent to constant.

Risks due to flash floods and overflowing rivers and streams, falling trees, landslides due to soil saturation, and sectorized urban flooding are not ruled out.

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/tropical-cyclone-prompts-heavy-rain-alert

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Government team meets to plan for “significant effects” of tropical storm Julia

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Posted 08/10/2022

The effects of tropical storm Julia, on its path through the Caribbean, will make its effects felt in Panama starting at noon on Saturday, October 8, according to ETESA Hydrometeorology specialists.

"It will be a crucial day and have significant effects," they say in a statement.

Earlier, a high-level government team met to assess the situation, hours after the National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc) declared a yellow alert for eight provinces in the country.

The meeting at the National Emergency Operations Center (COE).was led by the Government ministers, Janaina Tewanei,  Security MinisterJuan Manuel Pino; the Vice Minister of Social Development, Milagros Ramos together with the governors of the whole country.

“The immediate actions to be carried out in all the areas declared with green and yellow alerts were coordinated, in order to safeguard the population,” highlights a statement from the Presidency.

According to ETESA Hydrometeorology, the areas under a warning are Veraguas (south, center, and north), Colón, Herrera, Los Santos. To the east of Panama City (Bayano, Chimán, Chepo, and surroundings), Bocas del Toro, Ngäbe Buglé, Chiriquí, the southeast of Darién and the Gulf of Panama will also register intense rains.

They recommended "extreme vigilance" throughout the Panamanian Pacific, since from approximately 1:00 pm "the confluence of strong winds from the north and south will cause intense rains with electrical activity."

During the follow-up meeting on the status of Julia in the country, the specialists indicated that the soils are saturated throughout the territory due to the September rains, "and winds between 40 and 50 kilometers per hour are already registered. and that precautionary maritime conditions are maintained on both sides”.

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/government-team-meets-to-plan-for-significant-effects-of-tropical-storm-julia

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Tropical storm Julia brings floods, landslides, one death to Colón

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Posted 08/10/2022

Several areas of Panama, especially the province of Colón, were the first to suffer the effects of tropical storm Julia with increased rains and winds  bringing landslides flooding, and one death

The National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc) issued a yellow alert for several provinces on Friday afternoon, October 7 and in the night the province of Colón suffered the first effects of the rains

Carlos Rumbo, director of Sinaproc confirmed to TVN Noticias that a woman died in a landslide, in the Villa Los Ángeles sector and trapped three people: a woman, a minor, and a man.

In the city of Colón, the downpour caused the flooding of streets 4 and 5 on Amador Guerrero Avenue. And the overflow of the Villa del Caribe creek on the Boyd Roosevelt highway was reported.

 Landslides were also reported in the Las Mercedes sector, towards the Costa Arriba de Colón.

The National Emergency Operations Center in Panama Pacifico and the provincial operations centers have been activated with personnel from the emergency, health, and security sectors reported Security Minister Juan Pino.

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/tropical-storm-julia-brings-floods-landslides-one-death-to-colon

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"Julia" brings widespread flooding to Chiriqui

Posted 09/10/2022

Members of the Joint Task Force moved to different points in the province of Chiriquí, due to the flooding of rivers and the overflow of streams in points such as Tierras Altas, Renacimiento, Boquete, and the east of Chiriquí.

Heavy rains have increased in recent hours accompanied by gusts of wind, as a result of the passage of Hurricane Julia toward other Central American countries.

In the Tierras Altas sector the overflow of the Las Cumbres ravine is reported, causing floods, while in the Bambito sector, Mayor Javier Pitti, along with his team and the National Police are evacuating families in the sector to an educational establishment for fear of a repetition of what happened in 2020 with the hurricane ETA and IOTA.

In the Paso Ancho sector, the overflow of the Chiriquí Viejo river affected a section of the main street leading to the Las Florentina's sector.

In Renacimiento, trees have fallen near the bridge over the Brusca River in Montelirio.

In the east of Chirica, there is an overflow of an arm of the Fonseca River at the height of Paso Ganado in San Lorenzo.

In the district of Boquete, authorities have reported the flooding of the Caldera River and streams such as El Pianista, Zumbona, Cascada San Ramón, among others.

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/ampquotjuliaquot-brings-widespread-flooding-to-chiriqui-1

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Hurricane Julia suspends classes across the country for Monday

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Posted 09/10/2022

The Ministry of Education (Meduca) announced Saturday the suspension of classes in public and private schools throughout the country for  Monday, October 10 due to the heavy rains that will be generated by Hurricane Julia -which moves through the Caribbean- in the next few hours.

The Minister of Education, Maruja Gorday de Villalobos said the measure  was

recommended by the National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc) to guarantee the safety of the members of the educational community, in the face of the effects of Hurricane Julia.

"These rains could cause landslides, flooding of rivers and streams," she said.

The minister indicated that as the hour's progress they will evaluate the situation to announce the restart of classes.

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/hurricane-julia-suspends-classes-across-the-country-for-monday

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