Floods in Panama


Panama (Chiriquí, Veraguas, Colón, Darién and Coclí)
Thu, 11/11/2010

Due to the effect of a low pressure system in the Caribbean Sea interacting with Tropical Storm Tomas, strong and continuous rains fell across Panama, producing landslides and flooding in 5 provinces: Chiriquí, Veraguas, Colón, Darién and Coclí. By Monday, 8 November, there had been two deaths and the government reported 6,200 people affected.

Source: GLIDEnumber

On December 9th, the Government of Panama called a national emergency.

For more information, please see Goverment of Panama, ReliefWeb



Status Update: 10 December 2010, 04:00pm UTC/GMT +1


Focal Point: Mr. Juan Carlos Villagrán de León
Phone:  +43-(1)-26060-4158
Fax: +43-(1)-26060-5830
E-Mail: juan-carlos.villagran [at] unoosa.org

Contact Points in Panama:
Emil A. Cherrington
Científico Principal / Senior Scientist
CATHALAC · Centro del Agua del Trópico Húmedo para América Latina y el Caribe
Phone: +507-317-3223
Fax: +507-317-3299
Email: emil.cherrington [at] cathalac.org
111 Ciudad del Saber, Clayton, Panamá
Apartado 0843-03102, Panamá
www.cathalac.org / www.servir.net

Coordinates of affected areas (AOI)

Geographical Coordinates for Charter activation request: 

Upper left
Lat 9.76 N
Long -80.25 E
Lower right
Lat 8.61N
Long -79.46 E


International Charter Space and Major Disasters

International Charter:

Activation Request accepted: 09/12/2010
Requested by: USGS on behalf of SINAPROC/Panama
Link: http://www.disasterscharter.org/web/charter/activation_details?p_r_p_1415474252_assetId=ACT-348
Project Manager: CATHALAC - Centro del Agua del Trópico Húmedo para América Latina y el Caribe



Space-based resources

Affected Areas - PDF Map: http://www.redhum.org/archivos/pdf/ID_8707_YB_Redhum-PA-Mapa-Areas_Afectadas_de_Bayano-SINAPROC-20101209.pdf

 Shaded Relief Map: http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900LargeMaps/SKAR-64GCKP?OpenDocument

Satellite Tasking

No Sensor Time (UTC) Area Type Status Remarks
 01  TERRA-MODIS  22/09/2008  Various Pre Disaster  Acquired  NASA


Vector Files

Various vector data and satellite imagery all available as download in different formats (SHP, MIF, KMZ, DRA): http://www.maplibrary.org/stacks/Central%20America/Panama/index.php?language=german

Landcover of Panama: http://www.fao.org/geonetwork/srv/es/metadata.show?id=37157&currTab=simple

Pre-Disaster Data

http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/279975main_panama_sept.jpg (NASA Terra Satellite, MODIS sensor)

http://www.zonu.com/mapas_panama/Satellite_Image_Photo_Panama_Central_America.htm (NASA Terra Satellite, MODIS sensor)

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=17682 (Aqua MODIS)




Situation Reports: 

reliefweb.int: http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900sid/EDIS-8BXMDJ?OpenDocument&RSS20&RSS20=FS

MINISTERIO  DE  GOBIERNO - SISTEMA NACIONAL DE PROTECCIÓN CIVIL: http://www.redhum.org/archivos/pdf/ID_8706_YB_Redhum-PA-Informe-Informe_de_Situacion_No_5_Inundaciones_en_Panama-SINAPROC-20101209.pdf (09/12/2010)



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