Today I flew out of David’s spiffy new airport to the morass known as Panama City. I have grown to dislike the urban jungle. If I want a city there are many I would prefer and tomorrow I will be taking a bigger bird to one of those.
There is lots of water flowing into the sea but it is not in the right place for generating electricity and Panama has a real problem. Notice the brown areas near the top of the photo that once were green, before deforestation. the trees hold the water and removing them does not help a watershed.
Tonight I am in hotel in Panama City. I visited the Multicentro Mall and they did indeed shut of their air conditioning, the mall was warming up. I also visited a Casino and their AC was refrigerator cold.
According to the new emergency order all those commercial lights and the casino across from me are supposed shut down at 10pm.
You know the situation is evolving when the government starts with closing their offices early, something few would notice, moves to closing schools that use almost no electricity, Mayra does not even have a light bulb in her class room, to the now desperate measures of cutting revenues to the Casinos. We now know the cause is just and problem is real.
Panama needs rain, lots of rain, but not all at once or the flooding will be horrific.