Fire destroyed a makeshift shanty town -- Nueva Tacagua -- near Caracas, the Venezuela capital, on August 31.
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Background: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
Fire destroyed a makeshift shanty town -- Nueva Tacagua -- near Caracas, the Venezuela capital, on August 31. The origin of the fire was unknown, but the effect was clear -- all of the buildings in the town were reduced to rubble, and the estimated six inhabitants, including children and pregnant woman, were left homeless. Despite the virtually complete destruction of their town, the residents have refused to abandon the area, and the difficult task of rebuilding has already begun. The town's community is a close one -- the six hundred residents belong to just forty-seven families -- and they are reluctant to leave the area for fear of being sent somewhere worse. Caracas is a city of 2.7 million people, three times bigger than any other city in Venezuela, and the cramped living conditions have led to the existence of a number of shanty towns, containing more than one million people, on the city's outskirts.
Source: REUTERS - HECTOR ZAS THODE