Hurricanes don’t come to Panama! After living in Florida for many years, this is a huge relief.
But, hurricanes can pass above us and cause a lot of rain. It’s the height of rainy season right now, but we’ve been getting more than expected amounts of rainfall lately. We have been warned to avoid going to the rivers and places likely to flood, and to not leave people who need care unattended, especially in flood prone areas. News sources have shared pictures and videos of water in streets and houses as some rivers have overrun their banks. Yes it’s really wet here right now.
But, this is nothing compared to what is hitting Nicaragua and Honduras right now! They are facing catastrophic winds and rain from a storm that is one of the strongest in decades.
This hurricane could cause devastating loss of property and lives, and to people who often don’t have a lot to start with. I am very concerned about our neighbors to the north. And of course, there’s also the pandemic.
In other news, pandemic wise, things continue to be stable as Panama reopens the economy. Daily warnings and advisories continue asking us to be vigilant with safety precautions and biosecurity. Widespread testing and contact tracing continues. This is a week of national holidays when many people usually travel to celebrate with friends and family. Teams have been at the bus station in Panama City giving out packets of safety information, masks, gloves, and sanitizer. There are concerns that infected but asymptomatic people will carry the virus to others, so everyone is being warned to be extra careful during these holidays. This whole situation has been really hard for many people but when I see what is happening in other parts of the world, I’m thankful for everything Panama is doing to keep its people safe.
And, it’s election day in the USA. The world is watching and waiting for the outcome.