Flooding on the Pacific Coast
Flooding has affected several beach communities along the Pacific Coast of Panama. Damage was reported at the Decameron resort, Buenaventura, and the Bijao development. Restaurants in Farallon were also severely affected by the flooding. According to a TVN report 27 adults and 21 children living in Santa Clara were evacuated from the area as a precautionary measure. Several restaurants, houses, and the local school were completely flooded. The families affected, some of who have lost their homes, are currently residing in a shelter. Today the local school is closed. With high tides continuing into the week, a preventative warning was issued in an effort to mitigate injuries.
Sinaproc is urging people not to go to the beach. Reports state swimming is prohibited. High tides will range from 14.3 feet to 15.6 feet until Tuesday May 5.
The recent high tides and strong waves, though more severe than in previous years, are typical for this time of the year.
Below are some of the videos that have been circulating on social media.
Pipas in FarallonPosted by Iván Nicolás Tuma on Sunday, May 3, 2015
Decameron ResortPosted by Critica.com.pa on Saturday, May 2, 2015
Buenaventura DevelopmentPosted by Critica.com.pa on Saturday, May 2, 2015