Thursday, May 26

Peru: 900 people evacuated from Machu Picchu after floods

In Peru, some 900 people were evacuated from the city of Machu Picchu Pueblo, not far from the ancient Inca city, because of heavy rains that destroyed homes. One person is missing.

After heavy rains, the Alccamayo river came out of its bed a few days ago, causing major overflows and causing gigantic mud trails, and therefore damage to homes but also to the railway network. These floods affect a large part of the Cuzco region, in the Andes mountain range.

“So far, in coordination with the companies Inka Rail and Peru Rail, (we have) managed to transfer 889 tourists from Machu Picchu Pueblo to Ollantaytambo,” authorities said in a statement.

One person was injured and another is missing. She had still not been found as of Monday, Peruvian officials said.

Visits to Machu Picchu suspended

Due to the damage caused by the floods, the train service for tourists wishing to visit Machu Picchu is suspended at least until January 27, indicated for its part the rail operator Peru Rail.

Floods that jeopardize the safety of local populations and tourists, the latter having been much less likely to visit Machu Picchu last year due to the pandemic. Local authorities recorded 450,000 visitors in 2021, compared to 1.5 million in 2019.

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