Tuesday, April 6, 2010

President Says Deadly Flooding Not an Issue for Brazil's Cup and Olympics

After heavy rainfall that caused the deaths of at least 81 people in Brazil, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva tried to assure the world that such disasters would not stand in the way of Brazil hosting the 2014 World Cup or the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Mudslides and severe flooding caused by heavy rain since late Monday claimed at least 81 lives in and around Rio de Janeiro, the authorities said Tuesday.

"It does not rain everyday. Neither are there quakes everyday in Chile and Haiti. Usually, the months of June and July (when the two major sporting events are set to take place) are calmer. Rio is ready to host the Olympic Games and the World Cup, the best the world has ever known," Lula said.

Read more: http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/317388,extra-lula-rules-out-rain-related-problems-in-world-cup-olympics.html#ixzz0kNst0Ghm

EXTRA: Lula rules out rain-related problems in World Cup, Olympics
Earth Times
April 6, 2010