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A state of emergency

Flash floods, mudslides and landslides!

storm 10 °C

Ok so I was a little down last week about the rain but I thought I was being kind of pathetic, until yesterday that was! We were informed yesterday that the surrounding areas of Cusco have been almost destroyed by flashfloods, mudslides and landslides! The heavy rain and the river in the Sacred Valley has destroyed many people’s homes in Cusco area. The river in the sacred valley is growing and growing every day, slowly and slowly people are losing everything, homes, farming products, animals. The trail to Machu Picchu has been shut and over 2,000 people had to be emergency evacuated as the trainline that runs back from the trek to Cusco collapsed. The government yesterday announced that Cusco is in a state of emergency and advices against travel here until further notice. I just want to stress that things here in the city are mostly safe. At the moment I am trying to work out what to do or where to go next but the plan is to leave on Sunday. I feel bad leaving the volunteer organisation early but I also have to think about my safety I should have some more definite plans in the next couple of days.

Posted by amanda_w24 06:34 Archived in Peru

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