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By Leo Byrne, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Demolition work began earlier this week on two newly constructed apartment blocks originally planned to house displaced favela residents in Niterói. Despite being scheduled for completion in July this year, apartment blocks three and five in the Zilda Arns project in Fonseca were deemed unsafe due to numerous large cracks that were exposed.

Since then, construction work on the site has ceased as the buildings were evaluated for risk of collapse. Imperial Serviços Limitada, the company responsible for the building work, attributed the appearance of the cracks to recent . . .

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