World Bank: 3.6 million Brazilians may fall below poverty line

Brazil’s economic crisis could push as many as 3.6 million people below the poverty line by the end of the year, according to a World Bank study on the impact of recession on Brazilians’ incomes.

Brazil’s worst economic downturn intensified unexpectedly in the final quarter of 2016, frustrating hopes for signs of a recovery.

According to the World Bank, the “new poor” will come mostly from urban areas, while rural poverty increases will be smaller because financial vulnerability is already higher in those areas.

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Children playing on street

Young residents play on a street passing through a set of buildings in the Mangueira favela (slum, in Portuguese) in Rio de Janeiro, May 4, 2017. Hundreds of residents who live in the occupied structures must collect water from hoses because of a shortage of running water in the buildings. A World Bank report released earlier this year states that Brazil’s deep economic crisis could push up to 3.6 million people beneath the poverty line by the end of 2017. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Boy walking down stairs

A boy walks down the stairs in a set of occupied buildings in the Mangueira favela, May 4, 2017, in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Resident walking in favela building

A resident walks in one of the occupied buildings in the Mangueira favela, May 4, 2017, in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Young man sitting in window eating lunch

A man named Jefferson eats lunch as he sits in the window at his family’s home in the Mangueira favela, May 4, 2017, in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Young people hauling water back home

Young residents haul water collected from hoses back to their family’s home in the Mangueira favela, May 4, 2017, in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Occupied buildings in favela community

Residents gather in a set of occupied buildings in the Mangueira favela in Rio de Janeiro, May 4, 2017. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Girl handling water hose

A girl handles a hose while collecting water near her family’s home in the Mangueira favela community in Rio de Janeiro, May 4, 2017. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Young woman applying makeup in window

Agatha, 13, who wants to become a model, applies makeup in the window of her family’s home in the Mangueira favela, May 2, 2017, in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Pregnant woman sitting outside home

Nivia, who is nearly nine months pregnant, sits outside her home located in the Mangueira favela on May 2, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Children playing on goalposts

Children play on goalposts outside a set of buildings in the Mangueira favela in Rio de Janeiro, May 2, 2017. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

People sitting outside favela buildings

Residents of the Mangueira favela sit outside their homes in Rio de Janeiro, May 2, 2017. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Boy running between sets of buildings

A boy runs in a set of occupied buildings in the Mangueira favela, May 2, 2017, in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Building in Mangueira favela

A young boy looks out a window in an occupied building in the Mangueira favela of Rio de Janeiro, May 4, 2017. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

People playing bingo

Residents play bingo with beans outside a set of buildings in the Mangueira favela on May 4, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Pigs walking past children at play

Pigs walk past children playing outside a home in the Mangueira favela in Rio de Janeiro, May 2, 2017. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Young women posing outside favela buildings

Thaylane, left, and Kesia pose outside a set of buildings in the Mangueira favela on May 4, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Residents outside favela buildings

Residents are shown outside a set of buildings in the Mangueira favela in Rio de Janeiro, May 4, 2017. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Girl standing in window of home

Agatha, 13, stands in the window of her family’s home in the Mangueira favela, May 2, 2017, in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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