The mayor of Puno’s Carabaya province, Ronald Gutiérrez Rodrigo, informed reporters that about 12,000 families are stranded as a result of more than three feet of snow that has hit his region in the last few days.
The local leader has called on the help of the Civil Defense to bring food and medicine by air because all roads have been closed due to the extreme snowfall.
According to multiple media reports, the snow and cold have been so intense that some animals have died from being trapped under the blizzard.
A correspondent for RPP radio reporting from the region says that many school children are isolated and will not be able to attend school until the snow melts.
Provincial, regional, and federal authorities are meeting today to determine how to best organize and assist the population. They have declared a state of emergency in Carabaya province.
Coincidental, the minister of agriculture, Milton Von Hesse, finds himself in the District of Corani, one of the 10 districts that make up Carabaya, where he is expected to see for himself the situation in which the alpaca sector finds itself, and announce what support the executive branch will provide the victims.