Opinion: We Know it Rains in Rio. Why Was the City so Unprepared?

While Mayor Crivella is technically correct to claim such rainfalls are “atypical,” they are far from unprecedented. More storms are predicted for April.

By Scott Salmon

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - News of this week's torrential rains and flooding in Rio de Janeiro reached many international audiences under surreal-seeming headlines about gators roaming an urban neighborhood so dangerous local authorities refused to enter.

The walls of an apparently unregulated caiman farm in Favela do Rola were breached by floodwaters, freeing the creatures to navigate the area's flooded streets – to the amusement of the foreign press and . . .

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