Rio de Janeiro’s main Olympic neighborhood stinks. Literally.
For the last few weeks, residents of Barra da Tijuca, home to the main Olympic park and Olympic village, have woken to the fetid smell of filthy water.
Local biologist Mario Moscatelli blames the latest stink-fest on a couple of huge swells that battered Rio last month. They sent waves into the city’s inland lagoons, where they churned up the seabed and released noxious gases and filth — including layers of human waste — from underwater.