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Saturday, August 13, 2022

Power shortage and power cuts due to protests in Panama

PANAMA ( Associated Press) — Three weeks of protests in Panama have led to shortages of food, fuel, and medical and agricultural supplies in the Central American country that operates the Transcontinental Canal.

Road closures, including the International Pan-American Highway, also forced the power company to supply electricity to the remote province of Darien, which borders Colombia. The service is being provided eleven hours a day and affects about 7,000 households in this remote province bordering Colombia because gas trucks cannot come to operate the production plants.

The country’s main food market, Panama’s capital, and where supermarkets and supplies are directly to the population, had fewer people on Wednesday morning. Produce tables were not as full as usual and some vegetables and legumes such as tomatoes and lettuce were scarce.

“This stall was always full. Now I don’t have a lot of products,” market seller Victor Palacios told Associated Press. “Yesterday (Tuesday) there was no consignment. I have because I bought it here,” he explained, adding that the goods he sells come from the highlands of the western province of Chiriqui. “Everything that has come from there is expensive and damaged,” he said.

Chirika province is the main supplier of agricultural food in the country. In that area, the Ngobe-Bugle Indigenous peoples closed significant sections of the Inter-American Highway, blocking trucks with goods bound for the capital. The bandh is also affecting freight traffic from Central America.

Agricultural producers’ unions said they are losing more than $130 million from the closures to date.

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