CAPE VERDE: Clandestine housing squeezes cities

Saturday, November 22, 2008
PRAIA Thursday, November 06, 2008 (IRIN) - Illegal housing precariously built on the volcanic archipelago of Cape Verde threatens to increase erosion, land disputes, disease, flooding, and crime, according to the government and its NGO partners who are trying to contain the damage of clandestine urban sprawl. Cape Verde’s population is estimated at close to 500,000 for 2008, with about 125,000 living in the capital Praia on the island of Santiago, according to the government’s National...