Thousands of dead fish show up on Rio shores ahead of 2016 Olympics

Months before the Olympic Games begin in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the region is dealing with several environmental issues.

These problems were highlighted on Wednesday when thousands of dead fish washed up on the shoes of Guanabara Bay, near where several events will take place at the 2016 Olympics.

Water quality has been an issue in the bay, leading to concerns about events that will take place in the water including sailing, swimming (open-water), and triathlon races.

In a statement, Brazil’s environmental institute noted that "officials found garbage in the water and on the beach as well as a considerable amount of dead fish."

During the bidding process, Rio promised to cut raw sewage flowing into the bay by 80 percent. The city now says it will not meet that target by the time of the games in August.

An independent report commissioned in 2015 found "dangerously high" levels of viruses and bacteria in the water.

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