The night of the 19th of October a river swelling entered La Senda Verde and destroyed parts of the Tapir enclosure. Since then, we have been paying 80 dollars per hour for an excavator to remove rock and debris and prevent the river from entering the refuge again. Since this emergency, we begun a campaign to help raise funds and alleviate the emergency. We have been using these funds to pay the excavator and we are building defensive barriers with used tires we have received as donations.
Since then, the river has grown a couple of times and is constantly bringing impressive amounts of rock and debris, this due to mining on the KoryHuayco river and deforestation in the area. Climate change is also responsible for “out or season rain”, since rainy season runs from January to March. We’ve been trying to keep up, but it’s impossible. We have tried warning and asking help to the municipality of Coroico, with no success (Update: finally, the municipality was able to work on the road and river).
The main road from Yolosa to Coroico is also being affected by the river. We’ve been investing part of the excavator time in this section of the river to avoid the road from collapsing, and more work needs to be done, but we have run out of funds. It is the responsibility of the municipality of Coroico to maintain the roads and we can no longer do that work for them.
We want to thank our support community, both local and foreign, for their support in this emergency.