Flash floods claim 11 lives in western Panama

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Flash flood claimed the lives of 11 people from the same family in western Panama on Sunday, August 9, 2020, the civil protection confirmed.

Due to heavy rains, the Bejuco River overflowed and sent flooding across the outskirts of Calovebora Commune in Veraguas Province.

According to Panama National Civil Protection (SINAPROC), 11 people lost their lives, who were members of the same family. Nine of the victims were children.

In Colon Province, at least 30 houses were damaged and several families were affected. Floodwaters also damaged properties in Chiriqui Province.

Heavy rain is forecast to persist until Friday, August 14.

Featured image credit: SINAPROC

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