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Google to correct map of Rio slums

Apr 27 2011 09:57 Sapa

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Rio de Janeiro - Internet giant Google has agreed to redo its online map of Rio de Janeiro within a year after being criticised for giving undue prominence to the Brazilian city's notorious favelas.

"Google never intended to defame Rio," Google's director of communications in Brazil, Felix Ximenes, told O Globo newspaper, noting that the person who drew up the map was himself a Rio native.

A current visitor to Google maps finds a favela in almost every area of the city, which is preparing to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.

Google has pledged within six months to a year to update the map so the names of normal neighborhoods and streets are given more prominence rather than the slums.

Roughly one third of Rio's six million population live in slums perched on its steep hillsides, many of which are considered no-go areas due to gangs and criminals.

But, in contrast to the impression given on the map, the favelas occupy just 3.8% of the city's total area, said institute for town planning Pereira Matos, quoted by O Globo.

The map could lead people to presume the city was simply "a conglomeration of slums," said O Globo, noting it highlighted even the smallest favelas but missed off important tourist attractions and large residential neighborhoods.

A huge military operation late last year sought to drive drug traffickers out of the slums. Police cracked down again on one of the largest favelas just last week, arresting 11 people and seizing three tonnes of marijuana.

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