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By Martin Kocandrle, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO – The tragic floods that occurred in Rio de Janeiro during the week of April 4th did more then remind residents of their vulnerability to nature, it also pointed out weaknesses in Rio’s urban infrastructure, in particular those of the favela communities.

The loss of life that followed the heavy rains is presently estimated to be over 250 people, many of whom were living in Rio’s favelas from the Zona Norte, Zona . . .

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