Characteristics of shanty town areas

Illustration showing the issues faced in shanty towns

  • Overcrowding - the settlement has a high population density.
  • Fires - fires can spread quickly.
  • Overpopulation - the area does not have enough resources to support the growing population.
  • Competition for jobs - jobs are in short supply.
  • Disease - poor sanitation and limited health care can lead to the spread of disease.
  • Lack of space - the newest and poorest arrivals may be forced to live on the worst quality land.
  • Infrastructure - services are poor, public transport is limited and connections to the electricity supply can be limited and sometimes dangerous.