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Children playing on street

Young residents play on a street passing through a set of buildings in the Mangueira favela (slum, in Portuguese) in Rio de Janeiro, May 4, 2017. Hundreds of residents who live in the occupied structures must collect water from hoses because of a shortage of running water in the buildings. A World Bank report released earlier this year states that Brazil’s deep economic crisis could push up to 3.6 million people beneath the poverty line by the end of 2017. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

World Bank: 3.6 million Brazilians may fall below poverty line

Brazil’s economic crisis could push as many as 3.6 million people below the poverty line by the end of the year, according to a World Bank study on the impact of recession on Brazilians’ incomes.

Brazil’s worst economic downturn intensified unexpectedly in the final quarter of 2016, frustrating hopes for signs of a recovery.

According to the World Bank, the “new poor” will come mostly from urban areas, while rural poverty increases will be smaller because financial vulnerability is already higher in those areas.

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