Monday, January 25, 2010

Cusco is declared in a state of emergency

this is from the website Livingin by Isabel Guerra, please pray for those affected and the families of those who have died

Peru: Cusco declared in emergency due to damage caused by rains

Cusco region has been declared in emergency due to the heavy rains that have been falling in recent days, reported the regional President Hugo Gonzales Sayán, who is traveling to Lima to officially report this to the Council of Ministers.

All the roads to Machu Picchu are currently blocked, leaving stranded almost 2,000 tourists in Cusco.

According to Minister Martin Perez, they are staying at local hotels and lodges, and at the train station too. “They will have food supplies for the next four days,” he said, pointing out that they will be taken to Ollantaytambo by means of a helicopter.

On the other hand, at least 80 hectares of crops have been destroyed, and some 300 families have been affected in Yucay, Urubamba, because of the flooding caused by Urubamba river, reported the Mayor, Juvenal Durand.

A similar situation is taking place in Huayllabamba, where Allccocmachay bridge, the only connection with between Huanta (Ayacucho), Huancayo (Junín) and Huancavelica, is about to collapse, due to the increasing levels of Warpa and Urubamba river.

In addition, several spots of the Lima-Abancay-Cusco have been blocked by mudslides.

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