Trapped by Machu Picchu mudslides

Hundreds of tourists and cargo trucks have been trapped by mudslides in the Andean province of Cusco, in southeastern Peru, due to heavy rain pounding the region, highway police said Sunday.. .

Landslides and swollen rivers severed the rail line linking the city of Cusco — the former capital of the Inca empire — with the ruins of Machu Picchu at two points, the British-owned PeruRail, which operates the train service, said in a statement.

The overflowing Vilcanota and Rio Blanco rivers in the area have flooded hundreds of hectares (acres) of corn crop.

Separately, cargo trucks and long-distance passenger busses are lined up on the Cusco-Abancay highway, unable to proceed due to the overflowing Yanama river, which has flooded some 50 homes and also destroyed crops, officials said.

Source: AFP