Carabaya, a remote indigenous province some 1,550 km southeast of Peru, has been completely cut off, after snow and ice blocked highways connecting the region with the outside world, a news agency reported citing a Peruvian official who on Monday urged the Central Government to provide support to the community.

Ronald Gutierrez, Mayor of Carabaya province, called on the Central Government to send basic goods, including food, coats and medicine, saying that the children and elderly were suffering the most from frigid temperatures.

"We urgently need a helicopter to bring us the aid," Gutierrez said.

Peru's high-altitude communities, such as Carabaya, are struggling through a harsh winter season that has seen several deaths due to respiratory ailments and economic damage to local crops and animal stocks.

(Agencies)

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