A resident of the shanty area of Al-Dweiqa in Cairo walks with a crutch in this October 4, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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Egypt plans to build 1 million homes for poorer people at a cost of almost $20 billion over the next five years, the housing minister said, to ease a crunch that has seen slums and unlicensed buildings spread since the 2011 revolt.Housing Minister Mustafa Madbouly told Reuters Egypt needed to build 500,000-600,000 new homes a year to keep up with demand, 70 percent of which should be aimed at the poor.Madbouly said he was also working to upgrade informal settlements, which comprise 40-50 percent of urban areas, and to bring 24-hour piped water to all homes within three years.Three percent of Egyptian households have no running water at all and in rural areas some homes receive water for only 12 hours a day.
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