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Brazil may face water shortages during World Cup

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(Reuters) - Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo, is on the verge of water rationing because of a severe drought and shortages are seen possible when the country hosts the World Cup football tournament in June and July, according to a non-profit group that monitors regional water resources.


An unusually strong high-pressure system over southeast Brazil has blocked the summer rains in recent weeks, causing Sao Paulo's main reservoir to fall to just 20.9 percent of its capacity as of Wednesday, its lowest level in a decade. January was the hottest month on record in the city and meteorologists expect little rain or relief in the next week.



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