The Machu Picchu floods: now the tourists have gone
comment Comment Written by on February 7, 2010 – 7:00 am


The last of the tourists have been rescued from Machu Picchu and the environs after the floods. But what of the people left behind?

Here’s an update from a friend of mine, Gonzalo Fossa of Mountain Lodges of Peru on what happened in the village of Mollepata, which is located about 2 ½ hours from downtown Cusco:

a) 18 houses totally destroyed and families left homeless.
b) 80 homes damaged and flooded. All goods and cattle lost.
c) 30 acres of vegetable gardens lost due to landslides and many others crops damaged by the rain.
d) 1,500 dead guinea pigs
e) Paths and roads destroyed.

Gonzalo is helping to coordinate collections of:
Roofing/shelter materials

There are two collection points. In Lima, contact; (51) (1) 421-8476. En Cusco, contact; (51) (84) 24-3636.

I have also been talking to friends in nearby Ollantaytambo. It’s a similar situation. Houses by the river have been washed away. Livelihoods have been lost.

The foreign press is seemingly less interested in this side of the tale.

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