Monday November 26, 2012
Two dead in landslide as floods hit Panama
PANAMA CITY: Two people died Sunday in Panama in landslides triggered by torrential rainfall.
The worst hit areas were Colon province on the Caribbean coast and the Capira area 60 kilometers (40 miles) west of Panama City where a landslide buried two people inside their home.
In other towns, such as Chorrera, water filled homes to the roof, rivers overflowed their banks and shops were flooded.
"I have lived in Chorrera for 38 years and never seen anything like this," said Guillermo Ferrufino, minister for social development.
He said the death toll could rise as authorities begin to reach areas cut off by the heavy rains. - AFP