Human body parts wash up on Olympic beach in Rio
Human body parts have been discovered on a beach near the site where this summer’s Olympic volleyball tournament will be held, the Associated Press reports.
The remains were washed ashore from the ocean and included a foot and other body parts, the AP reports. Police provided no additional details on their circumstances.
Violence has increased in Rio over the past week after a drug trafficker escaped from a Brazilian hospital. Police searches have prompted gun battles that have left 10 people dead and forced 50 schools to close, according to the newspaper O Globo.
The violence is the latest in the string of serious problems Rio is facing before the start of the Olympics. The spreading Zika virus has caused several Olympic athletes to withdraw from the Games. Concern is still present over the quality of the city’s contaminated water, and financial problems have created concern over whether Rio will be sufficiently secure during the Games.
The Washington Post reported that police have been greeting visitors at the Rio airport with signs reading, “Welcome to Hell. Police and firefighters don’t get paid, whoever comes to Rio de Janeiro will not be safe.”
The Olympics are scheduled to begin on Aug. 5.