On Tuesday, Romulo Centeno, head of Cusco’s fire brigade, said firefighters in the area did not have the necessary equipment to handle the emergencies that were occurring during the current rain season.
Centeno said firefighters only had 7 pumps available, considerably less than what is needed to tackle the numerous floods occurring due to torrential downpour, reported El Comercio.
Centeno asked regional and provincial authorities for help in tackling the issue.
"We are not even asking for donations or gifts, if possible we only ask only that they loan us this equipment until the rainy season is over.”
“We need vehicles and fuel to move, we need this equipment,” he said to local radio RPP.
According to El Comercio, the most dangerous areas were near the Huantanay, Huancaro, and Saphi rivers, as well as the Sipaspujio and Ayahuayco streams.
At least 30 people were injured, and 50 homes left damaged, after heavy rain in the city of Cusco on Tuesday.
Accordin to RPP, Cesar Yauri, an official at Cusco’s regional government, said humanitarian aid had already been sent.