Rio de Janeiro celebrates Carnival in the midst of drought

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Rio de Janiero celebrates Carnival in the midst of drought

In the past year, Brazil has endured one of its worst droughts on record. In some places like Sao Paulo, water faucets have gone dry for several days in a row. Residents have been stockpiling water supplies and some are even digging their own wells.  So when the skies opened to deluge

Rio de Janeiro with rain during its Carnival celebration, it was considered more of a relief than a damper.

Carnival lasts for five days and brings around one million visitants and over two billion dollars in revenue to Rio de Janeiro. Samba schools invest millions of dollars in costumes and carnival floats, and participants train all year-long to take part in the competition.

Correspondent Stephen Gibbs reported from the front line of the festivities.

Rio de Janiero celebrates Carnival in the midst of drought

Rio de Janiero celebrates Carnival in the midst of drought

Carnival lasts for five days and brings around one million visitants and over two billion dollars in revenue to Rio de Janeiro.