Minister of the Presidency Roberto Henríquez said today that the damage from heavy rains, landslides and flooding over the weekend is "greater than we had foreseen."
Three people have been killed and two others are missing. As well, hundreds of homes have been impacted as well as key roads in a number of communities. This missing persons are Red Cross workers who had an accident in the Quebrada Ancha area. Officials have brought in heavy equipment to help with that search.
A stretch of Vía Transístmica has collapsed as well.
The Cabinet Council will meet in emergency session today to discuss what measures need to be taken. It is expected to approve an emergency budget waiver to provide aid to communities and to fix the damage.
The good news is that the weather system that has brought the bad weather to Panama has cleared, and no more rain is forecast for the immediate future.