Heavy Snow Kills Tens of Thousands of Animals in Peru
Posted by feww on September 1, 2013
State of emergency extended in Peru due to extreme cold
An unusually cold wave in Peru, covering large areas in snow and ice, has forced the government to extend a state of emergency.
Heavy snow has reached more than a meter high in some areas, with temperatures down to minus 20 degrees Celsius.
Carabaya Province, Puno, Peru. Photo credit: ANDINA
The cold spell has killed tens of thousands of animals including alpacas, llamas, cattle and sheep, leaving more than 12,000 families destitute.
The extreme weather has also killed at least a dozen people in Peru and its southeastern neighbor, Bolivia, and Paraguay.
Snow and high winds have also damaged thousands of homes affecting tens of thousands of people in the region.
Hundreds of villages and small towns have been cut off by the extreme weather, according to local reports.
The Peruvian government declared a 60-day state of emergency in the southern region of Puno last week for the provinces of Carabaya, Sandia, Lampa, San Antonio de Putina, Melgar, Azangaro, Puno, Collao and Huancane. The emergency declaration has now being extended for an additional 20 days.