Cemetery of Yungay gets modern facelift to attract more visitors

T he Provincial Municipality of Yungay represented by the mayor in charge Professor Justino Jaico Grimaldo and its aldermen, in coordination with representatives of the National Plan COPESCO presented their plans to give the cemetery of Yunday a modern facelift. The plan was inaugurated by placing the cornerstone on Monday the 22nd at 10 o´clock in the morning.

Yungay is the capital of Yungay Province, as well as the main town in the Yungay District and counts with approximately 10,000 inhabitants. The cemetery of Yungay, officially called Campo Santo de Yungay is one of the mayor attractions of the region, together with the Llanganuco Lakes. On May the 31st, 1970 an earthquake caused a substantial part of the north side of the Huascaran to collapse and an unsteady mass of glacial ice about 800 meters to fall. This caused a debris avalanche, burying the original town of Yungay and killing approximately 20,000 people. According to historians, only 92 people survived, most of them were at the cemetery and attending a circus at the time of the earthquake. Almost all children of the old city who became orphans instead were adopted by foreign families in Europe and the US. The Peruvian government has forbidden excavation in the area where the old town of Yungay is buried, declaring it a national cemetery. The current town of Yungay was rebuilt 1,5 km north of the old destroyed city.

The facelift of the cemetery will cost around 8,654,500 soles and seeks to strengthen tourism activities in the province, generating more income and job positions in Yungay. Earlier this year, on January 6th, the monumental Christ of Yungay that stands on top of the cemetery fulfilled its Golden Jubilee commemorating 50 years of installation.

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