NEARLY 5,000 people in different areas of Panama were affected by Tropical Storm Nate before it became a hurricane on its way to the United States.
An October 7 report by the Joint Task Force gives the total of those affected as 4,975.
The areas most hit by the storm during the week were the Ngäbe Buglé region, with 3,500 and Chiriquí province with 984, according to the report released by José Donderis.director of the National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc),
In these places several rivers overflowed their banks, causing floods. In addition, strong winds knocked down structures and ranch schools in the region.