Andrada, the Rio 2016 spokesman, said the declaration might help the state receive federal funds.
“The Metro (extension) is not ready, and the state has said repeatedly that it needs resources. I think everyone realizes that the decree is likely to pave the way for the state to get these resources [from the federal government],” Andrada said, according to Agencia Brasil.
On Twitter, the mayor of the city of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, seemed to distance the city from the state’s move.
Paes tweeted that Rio was in “absolute fiscal and financial comfort.”
Pointing out that the city is responsible for the arenas and legacy projects for the Olympic Games, he said most of those have been delivered.
“The state of calamity decreed by the state government in no way delays the deliveries of Olympic commitments made in Rio,” Paes tweeted.
“Besides, on the issues of security, where the mayor’s office is not responsible, we are certain the partnership with the federal government will work. Therefore, I renew here the confidence that we will hold exceptional Games!”
The governor’s order ends a week that saw Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, meet with Brazil’s Interim President Michel Temer in Rio de Janeiro. Both men confirmed that preparations were on track for the opening ceremonies on August 5.
Temer said this week that the federal government is willing to assist the state government, but he did not offer specifics.