Heavy floods swept Panama on Sunday, after relentless and torrential rains caused rivers to burst their banks near residential areas. Authorities have declared emergency zones in some of the worst hit areas in the north and west of the country, as the deluge blocked roads and bridges. Local media reported at least two residents died after downpours triggered a landslide. Authorities estimate up to 800 homes could be damaged. One resident says the floods are the worst she's witnessed. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) RESIDENT, KATYA TUNON, SAYING: "We have never seen flooding like this. We have seen flooding in houses close to the river but like this to reach roads and further, never." Authorities have promised a swift response to the crisis, deploying soldiers and teams of volunteers to help distribute aid. The floods hit shortly before the end of the wet season.
Nov. 26 - Residents flee floodwaters as rivers burst their banks after days of torrential rains. Travis Brecher reports. ( Transcript )
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