By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Only 38.2 percent of Brazilian municipalities have basic sanitation policies, which includes services of water supply, sewage management and rainwater management, according to data released by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) on Wednesday.

The institute links the lack of policies and poor sanitation to many endemic or epidemic diseases registered in the country today.

"Many of these diseases are directly related to sanitation, urban cleaning and rainwater drainage," said IBGE researcher Vânia Pacheco, who conducted the survey.

The results are likely to put pressure on . . .

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