Strong waves destroy a $1.2 million dollar pier less than 18 months after it was inaugurated by Peru's president. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION A new pier in southern Peru collapsed into the sea over the weekend after being battered by large waves that were riding on high tides, according to local media. The strong waves started to lash the town of Pisco, in the region of Ica, on Friday (July 31), sweeping away a pier which cost 4 million soles (1.2 million dollars) and was inaugurated by Peru's President Ollanta Humala just under a year and a half ago. Local media reported that benches, sidewalks, poles and railings at the Alameda del Litoral pier were torn away by the waves. Fishermen and local residents said rocks should have been installed to act as buffers from the waves. The Alameda del Litoral pier covered an area of 206,700 square metres and was opened in March 2014. A games area and a platform were the only structures left standing.