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Friday, January 29 | 12:12 AM

6 to 10 Dec 2009
Location: Mendoza, Argentina

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Heavy rain leaves thousands stuck at Peru heritage site
Thursday, January 28 | 5:15 AM

I was there 8 weeks ago!

Jan 28, 2010

Heavy rain leaves thousands stuck at Peru heritage site

Floodwaters rising in Cuzco, Peru, on Tuesday. The city is near Machu Picchu, where some 2,000 tourists were left stranded by the torrential rain. --PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS

LIMA: Peru yesterday scrambled helicopters to evacuate 2,000 tourists stranded in the Andes after torrential rain and mudslides killed five people and cut off access to the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Tourists were trapped at the World Heritage site in the jungle in eastern Peru after the heaviest rain in 15 years flooded the area over the weekend.

An Argentine tourist and a Peruvian guide were killed in separate mudslides, the government said, while two other deaths were reported over the weekend. The fifth person was killed when a hillside collapsed. The authorities hoped to evacuate up to 800 people yesterday after helicopters rescued 475 tourists earlier.

Prime Minister Javier Velasquez, who visited the area on Tuesday, said 250 homes were washed away, along with bridges and parts of several highways.

Television images showed roads completely covered by fast-moving water and fallen rock. People sought to cross swollen rivers on foot, submerged up to their chests.

'The situation is chaotic,' Machu Picchu guide Washington Farfan told Reuters by telephone from the site as tourists waited for a helicopter ride out.

Built in the mid-15th century, Machu Picchu lies 1,100km south-east of Lima and is Peru's top tourist destination. Every year, about a million people visit the site - which sits around 2,400m above sea level.

A state of emergency has been declared and train services between the Inca ruins and the nearby city of Cuzco have been suspended.

Besides the trains, the only other way to reach the site is to trek 45km through the mountains - a three- to four-day trip, on average.

'We're doing everything that's humanly possible to evacuate tourists,' Trade and Tourism Minister Martin Perez told CPN radio. He said the government was sending up to 10 helicopters to provide aid, but that their arrival would depend on the weather.

'Everyone is fighting for a place on the helicopter... The help we've received so far is not enough,' a Peruvian tour guide told CPN radio. The United States Embassy is sending four helicopters to help the 400 Americans trapped there.

People have been sleeping in Machu Picchu village's train station and its central plaza after hostels ran out of space. Restaurants have also raised prices as food supplies run down.

Travellers are angry and worried, and some are getting desperate, said town spokesman Ruben Baldeon on Tuesday.

'We have nothing to eat and have no idea as to how much longer we're going to have water,' an Argentinian tourist told CPN radio.

While the downpour has ended, meteorologists say light rain could be expected for the rest of the week. The rainy season in Peru's southern highlands is expected to last through March.

REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, ASSOCIATED PRESS


Jan 28, 2010

S'poreans among those awaiting evacuation

SINGAPOREAN siblings Seow Yi Qi, 28, and Seow Yi Xin, 24, are among the foreigners stranded in Machu Picchu.

Miss Seow, a graduate of the National University of Singapore, left Singapore on Jan 18 to join her brother, a student at Oxford University, in Britain before the two of them flew to Peru together.

There, they went on a three-day trek to Machu Picchu with a group of 12 others and a local guide.

They have been sleeping in a big outdoor field since Sunday while awaiting evacuation.

Their father, Mr Seow Kang Seng, told The Straits Times that his children's key concern is about the food supply running out.

He has been in daily contact with them via text messaging.

'My daughter is very worried and already an Argentine tourist has been killed by the flood,' he said.

'I just want them home safely soon,' he added.

When contacted, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it is aware that there are five Singaporeans affected by the situation in Machu Picchu. 'The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in contact with the affected Singaporeans and is rendering the necessary consular assistance.'

MAVIS TOH

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bliss
Tuesday, January 26 | 10:45 PM

Blissful at one of the waterfalls on the trek around Angel Falls, Venezuela
18 Jan 2010

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Live Like We´re Dying
Sunday, January 24 | 7:29 PM

Kris Allen



Sometimes we fall down and can't get back up
We're hiding behind skin that's too tough
How come we don't say I love you enough
Till it's too late, it's not too late
Our hearts are hungry for a food that won't come
We could make a feast from these crumbs
And we're all staring down the barrel of a gun
So if your life flashed before you, what would you wish you would've done

[Chorus]
Yeah, gotta start
Looking at the hand of the time we've been given here
This is all we got and we gotta start thinkin' it
Every second counts on a clock that's tickin'
Gotta live like we're dying
We only got 86 400 seconds in a day
To turn it all around or throw it all away
We gotta tell 'em that we love 'em while we got the chance to say,
Gotta live like we're dying

And if you plane fell out of the skies
Who would you call with your last goodbyes
Should be so careful who we live out of our lives
So when we long for absolution, there'll be no one on the line

Yeah, gotta start
Looking at the hand of the time we've been given here
This is all we got and we gotta start thinkin' it
Every second counts on a clock that's tickin'
Gotta live like we're dying
We only got 86 400 seconds in a day
To turn it all around or throw it all away
We gotta tell 'em that we love 'em while we got the chance to say,
Gotta live like we're dying

Like we're dying
Like we're dying
Like we're dying
Like we're dying

Yeah, gotta start
Looking at the hand of the time we've been given here
This is all we got and we gotta start thinkin' it
Every second counts on a clock that's tickin'
Gotta live like we're dying
We only got 86 400 seconds in a day
To turn it all around or throw it all away
We gotta tell 'em that we love 'em while we got the chance to say,
Gotta live like we're dying

You never know a good thing until it's gone
You never see a crash until it's head on
All these people right when we're dead wrong,
You never know a good thing till it's gone

Yeah, gotta start
Looking at the hand of the time we've been given here
This is all we got and we gotta start thinkin' it
Every second counts on a clock that's tickin'
Gotta live like we're dying
We only got 86 400 seconds in a day
To turn it all around or throw it all away
We gotta tell 'em that we love 'em while we got the chance to say,
Gotta live like we're dying

Like we're dying
Like we're dying
Like we're dying
Like we're dying

Yeah, gotta start
Looking at the hand of the time we've been given here
This is all we got and we gotta start thinkin' it
Every second counts on a clock that's tickin'
Gotta live like we're dying
We only got 86 400 seconds in a day
To turn it all around or throw it all away
We gotta tell 'em that we love 'em while we got the chance to say,
Gotta live like we're dying

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bite
Tuesday, January 19 | 9:42 AM

My first pirahna catch at the Amazon Basin, Brazil.
15 Jan 2009

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summer holidays
Wednesday, January 6 | 2:29 PM


I asked this bunch of teens among the many wandering the streets smudged in paint all over where they had been and requested for them to show me the action which I had been missing - say a paintball war?

They told me that today was the last day of school. To that I replied, "AWESOME!"

11 Dec 2009
Buena Aires

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