Brazil grants building licence for Amazon dam

Brazil's environmental protection agency has granted a licence for construction of a massive hydroelectric dam in the heart of the Amazon jungle.

It's the second to last licence the Belo Monte dam project must obtain.

The Ibama environmental agency says in a statement that the project planned for Para state went through a "robust analysis" of what damage it would inflict on the environment.

The £6.7 billion project has been fiercely criticised by environmentalists and others who say it would devastate the ecosystem and force 40,000 people who live in the area to relocate.

The government says it will be a much-needed source of clean energy.

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