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Pollution threatens Rio Olympics

Pollution threatens Rio Olympics


In five months time the Summer Olympics Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro.

Nevertheless, the Rio Olympics marred by the spread of the Zika virus is now facing a new problem.

An ongoing sewage situation is threatening to put a damper to the games if not sorted on time.

With this in hand, activists took the initiative of collecting garbage in order to draw attention to the problem

“When the Brazilian authorities got the responsibility of hosting the Olympic Games, they committed to making improvements but they have done nothing,” biologist Mario Moscatelli.

With less than 250 days shy to the Olympics, authorities will have to clean up the area as events such as sailing, open water swimming and triathalon races will take place there.

Officials had cited they would reduce the amount of raw sewage by more than three quarters flowing into the bay but said it will not meet the target.

According to reports, the water harbours high levels of viruses and bacteria due to the inadequate sewage system that flows into the bay.

In the beginning of the year, dead fish washed up to the shores of Rio’s Guanabara Bay not far from the sailing venue in this summer games.