AP PHOTOS: Post-crackdown, Peru mining town limps

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In this May 22, 2014 photo, men mine for gold using a rudimentary technique known as "chiquiquiar" in Huepetuhe in the Madre de Dios region of Peru. After a government crackdown on illegal mining companies in April, the miners who stayed behind are reduced to rudimentary gold extraction using pickaxes, shovels and small motors. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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This nearly half-century-old Amazon boomtown has gone bust with the government's recent crackdown on illegal gold mining.

Mayor Marco Ortega estimates more than 22,000 people have left Huepetuhe since the government halted gasoline shipments in April and sent troops to destroy heavy machinery used in mining that it deemed illegal.

He says only about 3,000 people remain. (AP)

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