Thursday, January 28, 2010
Machu Picchu flooded
Since most of the attention is on Haiti and rightfully so, considering the number of people the earthquake has effected, I wanted to bring attention about the flooding occurring in Machu Picchu these past couple of days. Having been there and seeing the beauty of the Incan ruins I hope nothing detrimental happens so that people in the future can enjoy the structures built hundreds of years ago.
From CNN: Peruvian officials said they plan to evacuate between 800 and 1,000 more tourists trapped near the famous Inca ruins at Machu Picchu. Heavy rains unleashed mudslides that have cut off roads and blocked a rail line, trapping many in the area.Authorities have estimated that 10,000 people have been affected by the rain and 2,000 homes were ruined in and around Machu Picchu. News reports said at least seven people have died in the region. Trade and Tourism Minister Martin Perez said 595 tourists were evacuated by helicopter Wednesday. He said he hopes to get more out of the area Thursday. See more.