Monday, February 10, 2014

water makes its mark (photos)

A worker is seen inside the Cuncas II tunnel that will link the canals being built to divert water from the Sao Francisco river for use in four drought-plagued states, a project that is three years behind schedule and has doubled in cost from the original estimate of $3.4 billion, near the city of Mauriti, Brazil, January 28, 2014. In 2006, then-President Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva pushed through an idea that long-suffering residents of the region had been hearing about for more than a century. By 2010, Lula de Silva said, water would be pumped over hills and into a 477 kilometer-long network of canals, aqueducts and reservoirs to quench thirsty cities and farms in four states. Eight years later, and near the end of a first term for Lula's hand-picked successor as president, Dilma Rousseff, the project is only half built.
REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
Sixteen basset hound dogs and a similar number of cats are rescued by the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service during continued flooding at Burrowbridge in southwest England, February 9, 2014.
REUTERS/Luke MacGregor
Irene Wust of the Netherlands skates to first place during the women's 3,000 meters speed skating race at the Adler Arena during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 9, 2014.
REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh
A woman welcomes the snow as she poses for a photograph at Lujiazui financial district of Pudong, in Shanghai, February 10, 2014. Shanghai's first snow in 2014 started early Monday morning, according to local media.

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