If the mayoral election were this week, Eduardo Paes might be sweating. After a night of torrential rain Tuesday that flooded the city and killed five people, cariocas have it in for him. Neighborhoods lost electricity for as many as 24 hours, commutes turned into pilgrimages, and traffic was chaotic even as late as eleven a.m. the next day. The Maracanã soccer stadium construction site, running behind schedule, was also flooded, postponing a FIFA visit and final delivery. The stadium must be ready for the Confederations Cup, to be held June 15-30 of this year.
“Today would be a good day to get ahold of that Rio version of Monopoly and make [the mayor] swallow all the pieces, don’t you think?” asked one Rio native yesterday, on Facebook.
According to O Globo newspaper, Tuesday saw 70% of the total rain predicted for the month of…
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