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Panama Trash Fire Prompts Health Warnings as Capital Under Smog

March 20 (Bloomberg) -- Panamanian firefighters struggled to bring a fire under control at the Central American nation’s largest landfill site, prompting health warnings as clouds of smoke blanketed the capital, Panama City.

The fire started in the Cerro Patacon municipal dump at about 6:30 p.m. yesterday and may take three days to put out, Panama America newspaper reported, citing Angel Delgado, a spokesman for the fire department.

Those living by the dump, situated near a national park about 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) outside the city, should avoid inhaling the smoke, Panama’s civil defense agency said on its twitter account today.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eric Sabo in Panama City at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andre Soliani at

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