Peru has been in the midst of a natural disaster for weeks. What began as heavy rains, quickly escalated to raging huaicos, or massive landslide floods -- creating damage on par with dozens of Hurricane Katrina's across the country at once.
Our mountain town was cut off from the world for a couple weeks. All roads had been destroyed. We lost access to many food sources, access to internet and phone service, and banks even ran out of cash as people panicked about the rising rates of what was left of local food sources. But we were hardly the hardest hit.
In the country over 100,000 of people have been left homeless. Major infrastructure has collapsed, including hundreds of major roads, train tracks, and bridges. And 100 people have been killed. Those who are still affected are without electricity and running water. And infectious diseases are spreading at alarming rates (including anthrax, zika, and dengue fever).
I will have a piece in Savage Minds about this soon, but until then, we're all just trying to be as helpful as we can be as the local mining company, trapped with us, works to resume operations by opening one of the roads.