Rain to end drought in Rio's Paraíba do Sul basin not expected until May

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Sufficient rain to end the drought afflicting Brazil's Paraíba do Sul river basin in Rio de Janeiro state is not expected until May, according to a local government official.

The head of Resende city's environmental agency, Wilson Moura, said that water reservoir levels in the basin are well below normal for this time of year, government news service Agência Brasil reported.

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Although the Funil dam in Itatiaia should be at 70-80% of capacity, it is currently only about 20% full, Moura said.

However, state capital Rio de Janeiro should not be affected, according to the CEO of water utility Cedae, Wagner Victer.