Lack of affordable housing
The shanty towns are overcrowded because the local authorities are not building enough affordable housing. This ac of affordable housing also leads to the growth of illegal settlements.
Shanty towns are poorly built
Shanty towns are built from poor quality materials, which are often scavenged. The buildings are structurally unstable and unsightly.
Lack of basic services
There is no piped water, proper sewage system, electricity or refuse collection in the shanty towns.
No proper addresses
Since there is no official street plan or addresses for the shanty towns, it is almost impossible to collect taxes or carry out accurate censuses.