Peru's Puno Region Suffers Severe Snowstorm
The President of Peru, Ollanta Humala, traveled to the Carabaya province, in the region of Puno, this Tuesday to supervise the relief effort after a severe snowstorm stranded thousands of families and killed hundreds of animals in that region.
Humala was involved in a telephone conversation with the regional President of Puno, Mauricio Rodríguez, to coordinate aid to that area of the country.
Peru’s head of state left for Puno at approximately 2 p.m., accompanied by the Minister of housing, construction and sanitation, René Conejos.
The president ordered the immediate shipment of humanitarian aid for the population affected by the low temperatures and heavy snowfall.
He brought with him 10,000 blankets, 13, 000 articles of warm clothing, 9,000 food kits (consisting of breakfast, lunch and dinner), as well as mattresses and other goods.
Local officials in Puno reported that out of the thousands of isolated families, the majority were producers dedicated to the breeding of alpacas. They live together with their animals in areas away from the towns.
The mayor of one district in Carabaya reported that 560 baby alpaca died in the last 48 hours due to lack of food. The situation may deteriorate in the following days as the melting snow mixed with natural grasses usually causes diarrhea in those animals, leading to death.
According to local officials, there is great concern regarding children, as more than 200 of them in that province already showed signs of respiratory diseases.
Ancient Peruvian Exhibit Includes Alpaca Weavings at Florida Museum of Art
Wari: Pre-Inca Lords of Peru is the first American museum exhibition devoted to a little-known culture that flourished between 600 and 1000 AD. If its uniqueness is not reason enough to visit the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, the exhibition’s beauty and intelligence surely are.
Perú Undertakes Alpaca Embryo Transfer Project
We'd like to thank alert reader René Steiger of Alpacas Poggio Piero in Italy for bringing to our attention some problematic Google translation errors present in this article as it was originally posted on Alpaca Culture. She graciously donated her time to assist us in a more accurate translation of the article, which follows here. Thanks René!
We always welcome feedback from the alpaca industry. If you see troublesome Google translation errors in any of our news articles, please email us! Click here to read this article in its original format.
In the Rural Community of Queracucho in the district of Macusani, embryo transfer involving alpacas has been introduced through the Biotechnology Project of the Provincial Municipality of Carabaya. This involved the transfer of 17 embryos from high quality alpacas to females of lower quality.