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BRAZIL BEACHES
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April 20, 1999 
With little space left to prop up her beach chair, a sunbather gazes out upon exposed sewage pipes on... 
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 
SUNBATHER OBSERVES IPANEMA BEACH AFTER HEAVY WAVES EXPOSED PIPES. 
With little space left to prop up her beach chair, a sunbather gazes out upon exposed sewage pipes on Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro April 20, after heavy waves washed away tons of sand. Raging surf, whipped up unseasonably by the La Nina weather phenomenon, ripped through world-famous Ipanema beach, punching a crater in the boardwalk and exposing sewage pipes. The area has been declared a no-swim zone because of raw sewage being dumped into the surf as the result of a leak in a pipeline which was being repaired. A city environment official said the churning breakers may help clean the seawater, but may have also spread contamination further.

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