- Five people fell into the sea after 50-meter section collapsed
- New cycle path had been open for less than four months
Two people have died after a 50-meter section of a recently completed cycle path built as part of Rio de Janeiro’s preparations to host the 2016 summer Olympics collapsed.
The 44.7 million reais ($12.7 million) cycle path, which only opened in mid-January, was hit by a strong wave before it collapsed while five people were taking a ride on Thursday, a public holiday in Brazil. Emergency services are at the scene, said a spokeswoman for Rio’s City Hall.
The two people were found dead after falling into the sea, the spokeswoman said. The tragedy highlights concerns over Rio’s readiness for the games that begin Aug. 5. Earlier this week, a group representing summer Olympic sports federations said they were dismayed by the amount of work left to do before the start of the event.
Since it opened, the cycle path has proved popular with locals and tourists, starting from the posh seaside neighborhood of Leblon, the route winds around some of the most picturesque stretches of beach in Rio before finishing in the neighborhood of Sao Conrado. The collapsed section is 800 meters from the end of the path, the spokeswoman said.