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Jun 9, 2014

Spain's World Cup base on flood alert

The Brazilian city of Curitiba, where the Spain squad will be based during the World Cup, is on alert after receiving a flood warning according to local officials.

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City Mayor Gustavo Fruet explained that heavy rain in the area since Friday has increased the risk of the rivers Barigui and Belem bursting their banks.

"The situation is worrying but it is under control. The Mayor is being extra vigilant and has started flood management controls in the affected areas to minimise the effects of the heavy rainfall for the local population," an official was quoted as saying on the regional government web page.

According to Civil Defence statistics reported by AS, a total of 15,243 inhabitants have been affected by recent flooding, with damage to 3,516 houses in the districts of Uberaba, Cajuru, Boqueirao, Tatuquara and Curitiba's industrial estate.

Spain arrived in Umbara, southern Curitiba on Sunday. Del Bosque's squad will train at the Caju training complex -- the home of Atletico Paranaese -- ahead of the tournament.

According to the Municipal Secretary for the Environment, Renato Lima, the average rainfall for June is 104 millimetres -- a figure which was passed on Saturday alone.

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