Floods destroy railways and interrupt access to Machu Picchu, in Peru

Lime.- Heavy rains in the tourist town of Machu Picchu Pueblo, neighbor to the jewel citadel of the Inca culture in Peru, caused this Friday floods that destroyed railway tracks and pedestrian bridges, and interrupted train service to the Andean country’s main tourist destination.

The regional government of the department of Cusco, where Macchu Picchu, reported in a statement that “the overflow of the Alccamayo river affected the tourist infrastructure and the railway service”, ruling out “the loss of human lives”.

The Alccamayo, which surrounds the town of Machu Picchu, is a tributary of the Vilcanota River, on whose banks is located the railway that connects the city of Cusco with the town near the Inca citadel.

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The municipality of Machu Picchu He explained that the increase in the rains during the early morning caused the flooding of some houses, bordering the Alccamayo River.

According to a TV Peru report they were destroyed by the waters a railway bridge and a pedestrian bridge, while three pedestrian bridges, two houses and the platform of the train station suffered various damages.

The train company Peru Rail, one of the two that provides the transportation service in Machu Picchu, confirmed in a statement that it interrupted the trips until further notice, after the rock and earth slide in the Alccamayo riverbed.

According to Peru Rail, no passenger or worker was injured. The company added that it made available to the authorities of Macchu Picchu and Cusco its fleet of trains to attend to the emergency.

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The Peruvian economy fell 11.12% in 2020 and was in recession until June 2021, but the blow was much greater in tourism (-50.45%). Cusco, whose capital of the same name was the capital of the Inca empire, lost some 1.4 billion dollars due to the absence of tourists due to covid-19.

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