Brazil towns cancel carnival galas amid economic crisis

Brasilia, Jan 24 (IANS) As Brazil is feeling the pinch from a deepening economic crisis, at least 48 towns across the country have decided to cancel carnival festivities due to lack of resources.

In the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil’s richest and most populated, several towns have also suspended carnival activities for fear of further spread of the dengue fever.
The Brazilian economy shrank 3.8 percent in 2015 as the price of oil and other raw materials that Brazil exports plunged, Xinhua reported.
The International Monetary Fund said it expected Brazil’s economy to contract 3.5 percent this year and remain stagnant in 2017. It shrank by 3.8 percent in 2015, according to the fund.
According to earlier reports by the media, the country registered 1.58 million dengue cases from January to the first week of December in 2015, and the toll from the disease reached 839, the highest since 1982.