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Machu Picchu could close for up to 5 months, due to heavy rains
(Photo: Andina/Percy Hurtado)
November 2, 2011
Peru’s major tourist attraction, Machu Picchu, could close for 2 to 5 months due to heavy rains.
Oscar Valencia, Mayor of Machu Picchu, said Civil Defense and the National Weather Service had predicted rain would be four times as intense next year.
"There is a danger next year, Machu Picchu is likely to close for 2 to 5 months simply because there was no security work or water defense done,” he said, according to T News Peru.
He said 35 million soles were needed for infrastructure works to cope with the heavy rains, but that the municipality only had a budget of 12 million soles.
Valencia said the municipality was currently negotiating with the government, in hopes of receiving special funds to carry out the necessary infrastructure improvements.
According to Andina, David Ugarte Vega-Centeno, head of Cusco’s Regional Directorate of Culture, said previous administrations had not taken issues like public safety and emergency plans into consideration.
A group of experts from Unesco is expected to travel to Peru in January and February in order to examine the problems Machu Picchu is facing.
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Total coments: 2
Commented By: AndrewDare
On: November 2, 2011. 4:11 pm
"the National Weather Service had predicted rain would be four times as intense next year." Oh really? And four times a intense as when, where..... OIts all a bit to vague Mr Mayor. I am totally sure that there is money to be spent, but making up "facts" is not the way forward. Come on, who knows how much rain there will be next year? Bear
Commented By: Santiago
On: April 12, 2012. 7:18 pm
Knowing that Macchu Picchu is Perú´s best turist attraction, the government and the provincial and municipal authorities should get together and finance all the contention works needed to meet the challenges of the rainny season. Come on....don´t be cheap!
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