Peru: Cusco archaeological sites in state of alert

12:35 | Cusco (Cusco region), Jan. 10.

Decentralized Culture Directorate of Cusco (DDC) Director Fredy Escobar stipulated that workers at all archaeological sites shall stay alert and redouble their surveillance in the event of emergencies that may arise due to torrential rains in the region.

The DDC, through the Monuments Management Coordination Department, has provided that all maintenance and surveillance workers at archaeological monuments such as Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman, Ollantaytambo, Pisac, Chinchero, Raqchi, among others, should inform —in a timely manner— of potential landslide risks or harm to pre-Hispanic constructions by rains.

"Conservation works on archaeological structures have been carried out at all archaeological parks. However, immediate action will be taken in emergency situations that may arise due to heavy rains," the official said.

The archaeological parks have been provided —in a timely fashion— with equipment and tools to deal with these unforeseen situations.

In addition, the DDC is in continuous communication with the managers of each park.

"The state of alert will remain in effect until April, and we hope that pre-Hispanic constructions will not be affected by rains," Escobar expressed.


Published: 1/10/2020
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