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26.5 percent of people living in poverty in Brazil

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LatAm   Brazil's northeast region was the poorest

The number of people living in poverty in Brazil grew by two million last year in the wake of the country's worst recession on record, according to the government statistics bureau.

The figure, going from 52.8 million poor in 2016 to 54.8 million in 2017, meant 26.5 percent of the country was below the poverty line, the Brazilian Geography and Statistics Institute (IBGE) said in a statement.

Brazil's northeast region was the poorest, followed by the north.

The data relies on the definition of poverty given by the World Bank, which is when a person lives with less than the equivalent of $5.50 per day.

The number of Brazilians living in extreme poverty - calculated at less than $1.90 per day - rose from 13.5 million in 2016 to 15.2 million in 2017, representing 7.7 percent of the population.

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