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ST. PETER, Minn. (AP) -- A Gustavus Adolphus College official says a group of students and faculty awaiting evacuation from an area hit by mudslides in Peru could be airlifted today or Friday.

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Marketing vice president Stacia Vogel says the 21 students and two faculty members are doing well and are waiting for their turn on the helicopters evacuating some 1,500 travelers stranded near Machu Picchu. Mudslides cut a railway, the only route to the area atop an Andean mountain ridge. The helicopter evacuations have been hampered by rain.

Vogel tells The Associated Press the tourists are being evacuated by age, from oldest to youngest. About 120 people are airlifted each hour, if the weather cooperates.

The Gustavus Adolphus group is on a study abroad course examining social issues in the country.

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