14 S Korean tourists remain stranded in Peru

17:31, January 28, 2010      

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A total of 14 South Korean tourists still remain stranded near the Machu Picchu archaeological site in Peru, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Thursday.

It has been confirmed that 34 South Korean tourists were stranded at the World Heritage Site in eastern Peru's Andes Mountains, of which 20 have been rescued in the last two days, following the heaviest rainfall in 15 years that caused flash flooding and massive mudslides over the weekend, the spokesman Kim Young-sun said.

The reaming tourists are in healthy conditions as they are placed in a safe area, and the South Korean government is working closely with the Peruvian government to expedite the rescue process, he added.

Peru's top tourist destination, Machu Picchu, and its surrounding Cuzco region have been hit by a deluge over the weekend that reportedly destroyed 250 houses and large areas of crops, and the country was forced to suspend all train services in the area as well.

Source: Xinhua
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