Landslides triggered by heavy rain killed two people in the Villa Maria area of Panama City on Tuesday, May 5. Roads in the area have been flooded, further obstructing traffic. As of Thursday, May 7, continued rainfall is forecast in the area as well as other parts of the country in the coming days.
Consequent flooding and traffic disruptions are to be anticipated in affected areas over the near-term.
Flooding and landslides are relatively common during Panama's long rainy season, which extends from March until December.
Individuals present in affected areas are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities. Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult. Additionally, because floodwater may also contain wastewater or chemical products, all items having come into contact with the water should be washed and disinfected and any foodstuffs discarded.
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