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Shack fire in Masiphumelele...epa04474260 South African residents of Masiphumelele assist firemen to extinguish a blaze that devastated parts of the informal shack settlement in Cape Town, South Africa, 03 November 2014. Several shacks were destroyed in the fire which quickly spread in the overpopulated and dense shack settlement. Residents complain of poor access roads for emergency personel who have difficulty getting fire and rescue support to the areas quickly. Inadequate housing and the growing number of informal settlements is one of the major issues facing the government.  EPA/NIC BOTHMA

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South African residents of Masiphumelele assist firemen to extinguish a blaze that devastated parts of the informal shack settlement in Cape Town. Several shacks were destroyed in the fire which quickly spread in the overpopulated and dense shack settlement. 

A South African child peers from the window of a shack in the flooded informal shack settlement of Masiphumelele, Cape Town, South Africa, 15 August 2013. More than 3,500 residents living in informal settlements in Cape Town have been displaced due to heavy rains, flooding and gale force winds. Many of the settlements are in low and wetland areas which have little drainage and flood easily. The City of Cape Town's Disaster management team has been providing relief in the form of food, blankets and shelter for those affected.

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A child peers from the window of a shack in the flooded settlement of Masiphumelele, Cape Town, South Africa. More than 3,500 residents living in informal settlements in the city have been displaced due to heavy rains, flooding and gale force winds. Many of the settlements are in low and wetland areas that have little drainage and flood easily. The City of Cape Town’s disaster management team has been providing relief in the form of food, blankets and shelter for those affected