MOP preparing US$30mn tender to channel Caldera, Paso Alto rivers

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Panama's public works and communications ministry (MOP) plans to tender the second phase of a project to channel the Caldera and Palo Alto rivers in Boquete, Chiriquí province, to prevent flooding in the area.

Work is budgeted at US$30mn and also includes repairing two bridges damaged by floods in August last year, local daily La Prensa reported.

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The project also involves improving walls that have been affected by strong currents on the Caldera river, according to regional MOP director Roberto Lorenzo.

Last week, the national civil protection authority urged President Ricardo Martinelli to declare both river basins in a state of emergency and to begin mitigation work as soon as possible.