Urban Problems in LEDCs
Rapid urbanisation in Less Economically Developed Countries (LEDCs) is causing many problems. Many new migrants to cities in LEDCs cannot afford housing. They are forced to build temporary accommodation in spontaneous settlements. These settlements are commonly known as ‘shanty towns’. They are also called favelas (Brazil) or bustees (India). Three main features of a shanty town are:
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is an example of a city with a large area of shanty settlements or favelas.
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