Machupicchu Pueblo Hit by Devastating Landslide

The gateway village to Machu Picchu, Machupicchu Pueblo (also known as Aguas Calientes), was hit by a landslide down the Rio Accomayo at the entrance to the town by railway.

At about 6 am Thursday morning, the small river coming down from the east side of the town turned into a massive landslide that quickly took out both bridges into town that allowed rail traffic to pass. The rise in water, rocks, and mud reached the second story of some buildings.

So far one 60-year-old man is missing and another person is injured with one home destroyed and many buildings flooded.

Engineers are evaluating the situation to determine the best method to repair the bridges and reestablish rail service to the town. Stranded tourists are also being evacuated. Currently the only way out of the village is by rail to the hydroelectric plant and then a long ride (5-6 hours) back to Cusco along mountain roads.

As of early this morning, there is no word on when rail connections will be established and when rail service will resume.

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