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2 dies after Elevated Rio beach bike lane collapses

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RIO DE JANEIRO — A seaside side section of an elevated bicycle lane built as part of improvements for the Rio Olympics has collapsed, killing two people, after a powerful wave crashed into it on Thursday.

Scuba divers were looking for a possible third victim in the ocean after the structure fell along its seaside path over a sheer cliff, said Pedro Paulo, a senior official in the mayor’s office. Three other individuals were found  alive.

The disaster on the $16 million lane, which was only inaugurated in January, is the latest setback for Rio de Janeiro as it prepares to host the Olympics in August.

Rescuers brought the bodies of two men onto a crowded beach and covered them with a sheet. A woman wept over one of the bodies.

One of the victims was a 54-year-old man who was jogging when the path crashed, relatives said.

“He always ran there,” Joao Ricardo, his brother-in-law, told the G1 news website.

Mr Paulo said authorities were investigating the cause of the accident but that a “strong” wave had struck the path, which is held up by pillars, beforehand.

“The first possibility is that the force of the wave coming from below up lifted the [bike lane] and then the path fell,” he told reporters.

A witness told Globo television that he had just rode his bike across the path when a big wave appeared.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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