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dienvfi00086.Environment Fire. Strand South Africa January 19. An unidentified woman walks with her belongings past a burned out car, a day after a shack fire on January 19, 2001, in a poor township outside Strand, South Africa. Shack fires are very common, as they are built very close to each other and people are using paraffin stoves, which easily fall over, and the fires spread quickly. About 300 shacks were burned to the ground in a couple of hours and about 1500 people were homeless and lost all their possessions. South Africa is facing a severe backlog of housing for the poor. The government has built about 1,7 million houses since 1994, but the backlog is still 6-7 million, still forcing people to live in dangerous shacks in appalling conditions without running water or electricity..©Per-Anders Pettersson/iAfrika Photos
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