Peru to evacuate 1,400 tourists stranded in southern Peru

17:30, January 28, 2010      

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Peru will evacuate 1,400 tourists by helicopter, who were trapped by landslides and floods in a town in southern Peru, Tourism Minister Martin Perez said Tuesday.

Peruvian authorities said the helicopters are expected to rescue 800 people from the town Tuesday.

"We hope God will help us and weather will allow us to rescue 700 or 800 tourists in a period of eight hours," the minister said.

The government had rescued 475 of some 1,900 people from the town.

Some remaining tourists had decided to evacuate themselves as they complained official rescue was slow.

"Yesterday we organized a committee of tourist representatives of different countries, because local authorities have been ineffective," a Chilean tourist said.

Landslides and floods caused by heavy rains in the region have killed 10 people and affected over 10,000 others.

Source: Xinhua
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