Electricity shortage in Panama

The government of Panama shut some schools and universities for a few days. It also reduced the working hours of government offices. This was done to save energy. The country gets over 50% of its energy from hydroelectric power plants (where falling or flowing water is used to generate power). However, there hasn’t been enough rain in the country, and the water levels are low, creating a shortage of energy.

Panama is an isthmus – a skinny piece of land that connects two larger land masses, North America and South America. At its narrowest point, it is just 80 km (50 miles) wide. Panama is a land of mountains, rain forests, swamps, rivers, jungles, and the hot sun.

Did you know?

“A Man, A Plan, A Canal – Panama!” is a sentence that reads the same forwards and backwards!