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  • situates around the huge natural harbour of Guanabara Bay in South-east of Brazil
  • Rio de Jeneiro was a capital city of Brazil
  • one of the worlds’ largest cities
    • in 2002, some 6 million people live in the main urban area & 10 millions in the metropolitan area
  • there are two sides of Rio de Janeiro (luxurious and urban sprawl)
    • the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema backed by luxury housing
  • rapid urban growth including housing, traffic, and crime



  • half-million are estimated to be homeless street dwellers
  • over 1 million live in favelas
  • 1 million live in poor-quality local authorities housing (periferia)
  • Morro de Alemao and Roçinha both have a population over 100,000 and have the largest of over 600 favelas
  • favela is a residential area of 60 or more families living in accommodation that lack of basic services, like electricity, sewerages, or running water, and have no legal right to the land on which they live
  • the houses in favelas are crowded on a steep hillsides, that are considered too steep for normal housed, and are lowly constructed using wood, corrugated iron, broken bricks and tiles
  • the houses at the foot of the slope may have an easier access to water supply near the main roads but they often receive sewage running from houses built higher up
  • when it rains on the steep slopes, flash floods and landslides can destroy the


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