Housing durability

  • Published on 03 November 2016

Official statistics reveal that about 3.2% of households live in non-durable housing; condemned buildings in a pronounced state of disrepair or in so-called unsafe areas prone to rock-slides and flash floods. While a large portion of these buildings can be repaired, and the imminent danger to unsafe areas may be mitigated, action has been slow or non-existent because of a complex situation brought on by rent-control, municipal corruption and informal tenure. This has meant that around 200 people lose their lives, and over 800 families are made homeless as a result of over 390 residential building collapses a year.

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