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AP News : More than 140 Brazilian cities ration water

AP News : More than 140 Brazilian cities ration water.

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SAO PAULO (AP) – More than 140 cities are rationing water amid the worst drought to hit Brazil in decades, according to a survey conducted by the country’s leading newspaper.

The Folha de S. Paulo newspaper wrote Saturday that water is being rationed to close to six million people living in 142 cities in 11 states.

The newspaper quoted water supply companies saying reservoirs, rivers and streams are the driest they’ve been in 20 years.

Some neighborhoods in the city of Itu in Sao Paulo state only receive water for 13 hours, once every three days.

Water consumption normally grows by up to 20 percent during the Southern Hemisphere’s summer. But this year, consumption has risen by up to 30 percent due to a prolonged heat wave affecting several states.

The Cantareira water system, the largest of six that provide water to some 9 million of the 20 million people living in the metropolitan area of Sao Paulo city, is at less than 19 percent of its capacity of 1 trillion liters (264 billion gallons), water utility Sabesp said Saturday on its website.

Sabesp described the situation at Cantareira as “critical” because the amount of rain registered between December 2013 and January 2014 was the lowest in 84 years.

Sabesp said the other five water supply systems in Sao Paulo’s metropolitan area were normal for this time of year.

The PCJ Consorcio water association said the area would have to see 17 millimeters of rain a day for two months until Cantareira’s water level grows to 50 percent of its capacity.

Rio fare hike protests turn violent – Americas – Al Jazeera English

Rio fare hike protests turn violent – Americas – Al Jazeera English.

Police and protesters clash in Brazilian city’s main train station in a demonstration against a 10-cent bus fare hike.

Last updated: 07 Feb 2014 08:26

Members of the “Free Pass” movement invaded the station to demand zero tariffs in Rio de Janeiro [Reuters]
Police and protesters violently clashed in Rio de Janeiro’s main train station in a demonstration against a 10-cent hike in bus fare.A cameraman for Band TV was hit in the head by either a stun grenade launched by police or a homemade explosive tossed by protesters; it was not immediately clear which.

Band said in a statement that cameraman Santiago Andrade was taken to a hospital by police and underwent surgery. He is in serious condition.

It is the latest protest to hit Brazil since last June, when nationwide demonstrations broke out after a sharp police crackdown on a group in Sao Paulo that was marching against an increase in public transportation fares.

That increase was reversed in the face of protesters’ pressure.

Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes recently approved a 10-cent increase for bus fares starting this Saturday.

About 800 protesters had peacefully gathered on Thursday in central Rio before they started marching to the city’s main train station, some holding aloft signs condemning the billions of dollars spent to host the World Cup, money they want used for better hospitals, schools and infrastructure.

Clashes broke out inside the train station after demonstrators began jumping over turnstiles and police used batons and tear gas to disperse members of the Black Block anarchist tactic.

Police pushed the demonstrators outside and used more tear gas to disperse those gathered, while demonstrators hurled rocks at the officers.

Authorities were forced to close the station, leaving thousands of commuters stranded. Some bystanders were made ill by the tear gas, while others fainted.

Thais Jorao, a 22-year-old protester, said that demonstration was not simply because of the 10-cent bus fare hike.

“If it was a public transportation fare hike when we had good health services and education, you wouldn’t have this many people on the street,” he said.

“On top of this you see spending with the World Cup, things that we really don’t need. We want health, education, decent public transportation.”

Brazil unions stage nationwide protests – Americas – Al Jazeera English

Brazil unions stage nationwide protests – Americas – Al Jazeera English.

 

Brazil shantytown dwellers join mass protests – Americas – Al Jazeera English

Brazil shantytown dwellers join mass protests – Americas – Al Jazeera English.

Brazil Protests Return With A Vengeance: Up To A Million Take To The Streets | Zero Hedge

Brazil Protests Return With A Vengeance: Up To A Million Take To The Streets | Zero Hedge.

 

Protests roil Brazil despite fare rollback – Americas – Al Jazeera English

Protests roil Brazil despite fare rollback – Americas – Al Jazeera English.

Huge protests sweep Brazil for second night – Americas – Al Jazeera English

Huge protests sweep Brazil for second night – Americas – Al Jazeera English.

Protest rallies held in Brazil’s major cities – Americas – Al Jazeera English

Protest rallies held in Brazil’s major cities – Americas – Al Jazeera English.

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