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Challenges of Living in Lagos

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Physical Geography
limits where Lagos can grow because it originally grew next to a lagoon with rivers and lake which limits its growth to the East.
65%
of the people living in Lagos are urban poor who live in slums
8.5%
of the near 21 million people living in Lagos, Nigeria live in poverty — about 1.7 million people
Inequalities
Differences between poverty and wealth, as well as in peoples' wellbeing and access to things like jobs, housing and education. Exists in Lagos
Pollution
The presence of chemicals, noise, dirt or other substances which have harmful or poisonous effects on an environment.
Makoko
is a slum neighbourhood located in Eastern Lagos
Location of Makoko
between the 3rd Mainland Bridge and the coast of mainland Lagos
Over 1/3
of the Makoko community is built on stilts along the lagoon and the rest is on the land
85,000
Estimated population of Makoko
Issues in Makoko
Flooding, lack of sanitation, no legal rights, poor health, unemployment
Water pollution
Problem in Lagos dues to uncontrolled disposal of raw sewage, sediment carrying runoff and effluents into the Lagoon system
Air pollution
Lagos has some very dirty air including dangerous levels of Nitrous Oxides, high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and small dust particles called particulate matter
Waste
Lagos is the largest producer of solid waste in Nigeria. using infrastructure developed in the 1970's when the city had only 3 million residents.
13million kg
Estimate of waste per day Lagos produces
5 million
Number of cars in Lagos causing congestion