Panama Canal faces prolonged drought, leading to ship crossing limits and closures.

Over 200 ships stuck due to backlog from water conservation efforts.

Ship crossings reduced to 32/day from the usual 36; causing rerouting of vessels.

Delays impact gas carriers, and bulk cargo ships; operational challenges arise.

Canal heavily reliant on rainfall; lack of rain leads to transit cuts and costs.

Consumer goods prices may rise due to delays and increased transport costs.

Panama seeks US Army Corp of Engineers' help, allocating funds for solutions.

Lower water levels require reduced draft (44 ft) and container removal from ships.

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