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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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Tourist arrivals jumped 73.5 percent in July

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KATHMANDU — Tourist arrivals to Nepal jumped 73.5 percent in the month of July, according to statistics released by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).

The NTB said that this increment is because of a sharp increase in the number of travellers from countries like India, China, the US and the UK. The growth in the numbers has also been attributed to Indian pilgrims visiting Mount Kailash Mansarovar in Tibet, via Nepal.

The statistics show that Nepal received a whopping 73,285 international tourists in July—a time of the year that is considered to be an off-season for tourists due to the monsoons. With July’s figures, the number of foreign tourists visiting Nepal in the first seven months (January–July) of 2018 reached 593,299, which is an increase of 18 percent as compared to the same period last year.

Total 18,385 Indian tourists visited Nepal via air transport, which is up 80.4 percent compared to the same period last year.

After India, Nepal received the highest number of visitors from China. The Chinese tourist numbers have more than doubled to 13,123 in the month of July. This is a 125.4 percent growth in comparison to the arrivals in the same month last year.

Overall arrivals from SAARC countries registered a growth of 66 percent, in comparison to the same month last year. However, arrivals from Bangladesh declined by nine percent. Arrivals from rest of the Asian countries have also recorded a robust growth of 86.2 percent.

Visitors from Japan and South Korea to Nepal also increased by 36 percent and 21.9 percent respectively.

Likewise, an overall increase of 54.1 percent in July has been recorded from European source markets. However, arrivals from Austria declined by 72.6 percent.

The number of visitors from the US and Canada have also grown by 79.6 percent and 73.3 percent respectively.

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