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Flooding forced the closure of the Panama Canal Dec. 8, for the first time in 21 years — and heavy rains were being blamed for at least eight deaths in the Central American country.
More than 1,000 people in Panama were evacuated because of what authorities called historic flooding caused by record rainfall.
President Ricardo Martinelli said it was the first time the canal was closed because of weather since it opened in 1914.
Water Undrinkable Yet Rationed for 1 Million Panamanians
PANAMA CITY – After the worst downpours Panama has seen in the last 200 years, close to a million inhabitants of the capital have their water rationed and, for the first time in decades, cannot drink it directly because of contamination.
The complicated situation has no short-term solution, Panamanian Health Minister Franklin Vergara told reporters Saturday, adding that the latest analyses of 56 samples of water from the chief purification facility in the capital show no presence of bacteria