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Panama calls for bids on $2 billion water-shortage project

Sep. 8, 2020 7:42 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — The Panama Canal authority has put out a call for bids on a $2 billion package of water supply projects aimed at combating a drought that affects the fresh water lakes that supply the canal's locks. The projects will seek alternatives for the water currently supplied by the Gatun and...

Women and children sit idle at a migrant camp amid the new coronavirus pandemic in Lajas Blancas, Darien province, Panama, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. In Lajas Blancas, the migrants did not wear masks or practice social distancing, but Panama's Public Security Minister Juan Pino said there have not been more than 10 infections among the migrants. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

Stalled by pandemic, migrants press in quest for better life

Sep. 7, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

LAJAS BLANCAS, Panama (AP) — Duperat Laurette fled Haiti after her country's massive 2010 earthquake, making her way first to the Dominican Republic, then Chile and five years later to Panama, all with the dream of reaching the U.S. and finding a job to help support 14 siblings left behind in Haiti. The...

A worker sweeps the Multiplaza Mall as shops prepare to open later in the morning, in Panama City, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. After nearly five months of quarantine, on Monday Panama is starting a partial reopening of the economy, with barbers, beauty salons, retail and car lots opening their doors, in an effort to revive the economy while preparing for another possible spike in coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

Panama lets some businesses reopen after 5-month lockdown

Aug. 17, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama allowed hair salons, retail shops and car lots to open Monday after five months of lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The government also allowed public and private construction projects to resume and nongovernmental organizations to reopen in a bid to restart the teetering...

11 members of family die in Panama flooding

Aug. 10, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panamanian officials traveled Monday to a remote riverside community where floodwaters over the weekend drowned 11 members of a family, nine of them children. The victims were among 17 family members whose thatch-roofed, elevated home gave way to the swollen waters of the Bejuco River in...

FILE - In this May 25, 2019 file photo, a Haitian woman reaches the shore after wading across the Tuquesa river, holding her child, in Bajo Chiquito, Darien province, Panama. The government of Panama said Monday, August 3, 2020, that it is proposing humanitarian flights home for Haitian migrants confined in camps on the country's southern border. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)

Panama proposes flying Haitian migrants home after clash

Aug. 3, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — The government of Panama said Monday it has proposed giving some Haitian migrants flights back to their homeland after frustrations boiled over at the remote camps where they are stuck. The camps in Panama’s southern Darien province also house some Cuban and African migrants, but...