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Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state government is preparing a 300mn-real (US$193mn) flood prevention initiative for the Tijuca neighborhood of state capital Rio de Janeiro.
The project involves drainage work in the Bandeira square and surrounding areas, as part of phase II of the country's growth acceleration plan (PAC).
State governor Sérgio Cabral plans to ask President Dilma Rousseff to release funds as soon as possible, as city mayor Eduardo Paes aims to launch the work for tender this year, according to a state government release.
The project aims to protect the local population from recurrent flooding, as well as prevent any disasters during the 2013 Confederations Cup, 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.
Tijuca is located in the north of the state capital, in a valley surrounded by a mountainous area.