T he heavy rainfall that is occurring in the Ancash area has significantly affected six main access roads to different villages, according to latest reports. Last night, many interprovincial busses had to turn around because the access roads towards the coast got interrupted by falling rocks.
Unfortunately, not all busses that left Huaraz were able to turn around and come back, due to the narrow mountain roads, at least 50 buses were unable to move forwards nor backwards. This incident happened in the Chasquitambo area between Pativilca and Huaraz. Giant rocks have fallen on the road, and despite the presence of heavy machinery, many desperate passengers had to walk both to the south and north of this road to get safe. Passengers claimed that the bus companies should have informed their passengers about the risks and in fact should have suspended their services earlier.
At the moment, none of the interprovincial bus companies are selling tickets to either Lima or Trujillo meaning that locals and tourists are stuck in Huaraz. The National Service of Meteorology and Hydrology of Peru (SENAMHI) has announced that the rainfall that has started today may last for 60 hours. It´s expected that it will take at least a week to cleanup and repair the roads that have been damaged.
Not only is the transport sector affected, a visit to the market this morning learned that there was no chicken for sale in Huaraz where as other products got scarce or had their prices increased. Additionally the internet is terrible slow and constantly interrupted in Huaraz making it difficult to communicate.