Activities return to normal in Urubamba following flood

Activities in the town of Urubamba in Peru’s Cuzco department are returning to normal after the flooding of the Tullumayo River this week, daily El Comercio reported.

While the rains have stopped and the situation is under control in Urubamba, there are still families affected in the province.

On Monday, the head of the Urubamba province, Erick Cuellar, called the flooding a “disaster” saying that it had affected some 1,200 houses, but did not result in any deaths or injuries.

Cuzco’s regional government has requested a declaration of emergency from Peru’s Executive be extended in order to continue work on preventing further damage.

“The emergency expires on Nov. 9. Before that we will present a request, that will include the provinces of Calca, Cuzco and Anta, which were also declared in emergency,” the director of National Defense in Cuzco, Luis Ballon, said.

“Most of the problems are located in the high zones, which is why we are preparing profiles for investment projects along the river embankment.”

Earlier this year, heavy rains in Cuzco caused flooding and mudslides that damaged the railway in Aguas Calientes and block access to Machu Picchu. Access to the UNESCO World Heritage Site was closed until April 1.

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