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Shanty towns- problems and solutions Shanty towns are mostly found in developing countries, where there is an unequal distribution of wealth. Problems 1. Overcrowding: settlements have very high pop density, which means that there are too many people within the area. 2. Fires spread quickly 3. Overpopulation: This is due to the fact that the area does not have enough resources to support such a vast growing population. 4. Competition for jobs 5. Disease: this happens because of the poor sanitation and the limited health care, which can lead to the spread of diseases. 6. Lack of space: This can lead to the newest and poorest arrivals being forced to live in the worst quality land. ...read more.


Death from water-borne disease is one of the biggest causes of high infant mortality rates. 11. Inadequate housing and services: In less developed cities, migrants who arrive are mostly forced to build their own shelter, live on the streets and if lucky, rent a room. 12. Shanty towns are usually found on a land that might be prone to flooding or is very steeply sloping. 13. Lack of employment which means that people have to find other ways of earning enough money to survive. In Manila, children scavenge on refuse sites collecting cans for recycling. Even though it might not seem very dangerous, this job involves risk Of injury and cuts and serious infections from the hypodermic needles that are dumped from the hospitals. ...read more.


They are also encouraged to improve education and medical services. Local authorities might provide electricity, water and sewerage disposal. An example of this can be found in Bolivia or in Pakistan. 3. Housing developments: Some countries such as Singapore have started massive re-housing programmes. This means that large areas of shanty towns were cleared, tower blocks built and the shanty town residents re-housed. 4. Sewage rehabilitation: Many cities have commenced projects to try and repair damaged water and sewerage pipes. This improves the safety and the quality of the water in cities and reduces mortality rates. 5. Rural investment: Some countries have decided to improve the quality of live in rural areas and creating better opportunities, aiming to prevent people from migrating to urban areas. Improving rural areas may therefore also improve conditions in urban areas as well. ...read more.

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