The Peruvian Government is rescuing 1954 tourists stranded after heavy rains and mudslides blocked the ancient Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu.

The government declared an emergency in the area on Monday and evacuated 20 tourists from the village of Machu Picchu Pueblo near the famous ruins.

Heavy rains over the past days have triggered as many as 40 landslides, one of which blocked the railway between Machu Picchu and Cuzco

Authorities have begun airlifting the stranded tourists out by helicopter and have delivered food and water to those in need.

A state of emergency has been declared  in the south-eastern region of the country where as many as 3000 people have had their homes destroyed by landslides and floods. Two people were reported to have died after their home was destroyed by a landslide.

The historic centre of Cuzco, the capital of the Inca Empire, has also been damaged.


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