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NZers stranded in Peru mudslides

Several New Zealanders are believed to be stranded in Peru, which has been hit by torrential rains and mudslides reports Newstalk ZB News.

Helicopters are being rushed in to evacuate some 2000 tourists stranded in the Andes, where the heaviest rains in 15 years have killed five people and cut off access to Machu Picchu.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is aware of 16 New Zealanders who are in or near the world heritage site. Spokesman David Courtney says they are currently in the process of contacting them to ensure their wellbeing. He says there are no reports of any tourists being injured or missing as a result of the floods.

Mr Courtney says if anyone is concerned about their friends or family in Peru, they should contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 04 439 8000.


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