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Bus drivers' strike in Brazil's second-largest city affects more than 1 million

  • Passengers wait for available taxis or minivans that provide transportation, at a bus stop, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, May 13, 2014.  Millions of passengers in Brazil's second largest city have been stranded as Rio's bus drivers go on a 48-hour strike demanding higher pay. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Passengers wait for available taxis or minivans that provide transportation, at a bus stop, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Millions of passengers in Brazil's second largest city have been stranded as Rio's bus drivers go on a 48-hour strike demanding higher pay. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

  • Commuters wait for available taxis or minivans that provide transportation, outside a bus station in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, May 13, 2014.  Millions of passengers in Brazil's second largest city have been stranded as Rio's bus drivers go on a 48-hour strike demanding higher pay. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Commuters wait for available taxis or minivans that provide transportation, outside a bus station in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Millions of passengers in Brazil's second largest city have been stranded as Rio's bus drivers go on a 48-hour strike demanding higher pay. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lanes used by buses are free of traffic in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Millions of passengers in Brazil's second largest city have been stranded as Rio's bus drivers began a 48-hour strike Tuesday demanding higher pay. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Lanes used by buses are free of traffic in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Millions of passengers in Brazil's second largest city have been stranded as Rio's bus drivers began a 48-hour strike Tuesday demanding higher pay. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

Hundreds of thousands of bus passengers in Brazil's second largest city have been stranded as Rio de Janeiro's drivers begin a 48-hour strike demanding higher pay.

Tuesday's strike has renewed concerns about public services and safety in Rio and the other cities that will host World Cup games that begins less than a month away.

Last week, Rio bus drivers staged a 24-hour strike and warned they would walk off their jobs again if officials fail to meet their demands, which include a 40 percent pay hike.

The trade association representing Rio de Janeiro's bus companies says at least 10 buses have been damaged by rock throwing strikers who have paralyzed traffic with road blocks and demonstrations.

The association says nearly 1.9 million in Rio take the bus each day.