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Panama Sends Helicopter To Assist in Emergency in The Caribbean

PANAMA CITY — The government of Panama has sent a helicopter and crew to provide support to first responder institutions working in the affected areas by the rains in flooding of this past week.

The Ministerio de Seguridad Publica (MSP) confirmed the helicopter and crew are already in the country, making overflights and mapping the affected isolated areas. The helicopter will also aid police authorities in their patrols.

Photos courtesy of the Ministerio de Seguridad Publica de Costa Rica

Joining their efforts are the Fuerza Publica (police), including 71 officials of the national police college, the Directorate of Air Surveillance (SVA) and the Coast Guard.

President Luis Guillermo Solis sent a thank you to his Panamanian counterpart, Juan Carlos Varela. Solis added that the helicopter will be of great help to geologists of the National Emergency Commission (Comisión Nacional de Emergencia – CNE) to ascertain the damage, address the impacts and prevent new emergencies.

FAST RESPONSE: The government of Panama sent a helicopter and crew to assist Costa Rica officials in the emergency in the Caribbean.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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