A sector of the coastal walk, in the downtown of Rosario, fell apart on Friday evening. The authorities fenced off the area, in the so-called Spain Park, near the entrance to a school and cultural center. There were no injuries.
Authorities estimate that the collapse, a strip of about 15 meters long and about ten deep, was caused by the historic downspout of the Paraná River and the swell caused by the passage of ships that load grains in multiple port terminals in the area.
The place is one of the balconies to the river, a site visited by tourists, used for sports and by fishermen. From that place you can see the islands of Entre Ríos and the bridge that connects Rosario with Victoria. It is located a few blocks from the National Flag Monument.
“The whole area is unstable”, warned Mario González, from Civil Defense. “The river sediment” and “the movement of the waves” were pointed out by the official as possible causes of the collapse.
The collapse took place meters from the entrance to the Parque España Cultural Center. Photo: Juan José García
Below the promenade, and in that sector of the ravine, there are slums and slums. However, the Civil Defense official ruled out that the collapse had affected the families living there, who left the place after hearing strange noises. “We check everything. Luckily there was no one, “he explained to Channel 3.
Given what happened, the municipality ordered suspend all cultural activities that were to take place in the complex located a few meters from the place where part of the ravine fell.
“Due to the partial collapse of the Spain Park Pier, pedestrian mobility in the sector has been interrupted,” the municipality reported through its social networks.
This is how the ravine that collapsed on Friday night was left. Photo: Juan José García
Occasional witnesses reported that the noise heard before the collapse it was astonishing’ and that in a few minutes part of the walk fell, a section of the railings and even some of the lights located in the corridor.
“A big ship passed by and everyone thought it was the noise of the waves, but it got worse and worse and it started taking everything. It was impressive how the river took everything“Said a young woman who observed the scene.
On March 13, 2005, another sector of the Parque de España, located on the descent of Calle San Martín, collapsed onto the Paraná River.
About 500 square meters were affected. Six people were injured, for which the municipality had to compensate them after being convicted in a trial.
In April of last year an area of a local fishing club, also in the city center, collapsed. The sector was used for the partners to eat. Different towns located on the banks of the Paraná have warned in recent months about the fall of part of its ravines.
The authorities do not rule out that collapses will occur in the affected sector on Friday, which is why they fenced the area to prevent pedestrians from circulating or sports activities.
Rosary beads. Correspondent.