Last month a corpse was found in the crime-ridden city’s Guanabara Bay where the waters are said to be infested with ‘dead animals, furniture and plastic bags’ 

And with nine days before the start of the Olympic Games, health experts are now warning aquatic athletes to close their mouths or risk catching serious illnesses from the polluted ocean.

The New York Times reports the event’s organisers attempt to clean up Rio’s waters have fallen short of expectations- despite billions being spent on sewage treatment systems, most of which are not working.


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