The Tower of David, a skyscraper in Venezuela, used to be a five-story hotel and luxury apartment building. According to sun.co.uk, the Tower of David, a 45-story building in Venezuela, is now the tallest slum in the world.
Where is the highest slum in the world?
This enormous skyscraper currently houses 3,000 people who have no other place to live. According to the study, the construction of this skyscraper began in 1990 with the intention of serving as the nerve center of the city’s financial area.
The building’s main investor died in 1993. The building was subsequently taken over by the government. However, they did not complete its construction.
The complex’s six buildings were left without essential municipal services due to incomplete construction. Amenities include elevators, electricity, running water, balcony railings, windows and walls.
What happened to the abandoned building?
Hugo Chávez, the then president of Venezuela, encouraged citizens from lower economic strata to take over the abandoned building and claim it as their own in 1998. People began moving into the Tower of David and, in 2007, a substantial number of people had moved. in the third largest tower in Venezuela.
They hung Chávez’s portrait on the walls and installed electricity for the 50 homes on each floor. They also took over the helipad on the roof and brought water up to the 22nd floor. Residents have also built infrastructure such as shops, guards and electric gates.
El Niño, the king of the gangs, used to dominate its 3,000 residents. He recruited children to extort visiting journalists and sent a manager to each floor. In the early days of his reign, Nino was known to massacre his opponents and throw them from the roof of the Tower.
Where did the residents go?
The people residing there were evicted by the government in 2014 and relocated to state-built homes more than 20 kilometers away. Minister Ernesto Villegas, from Caracas (capital of Venezuela), stated that the eviction was ordered because the facility was dirty and unsafe.
The minister also told the media that children living there had died.
Venezuela has been grappling with significant slum issues in recent years, reflecting a complex set of economic, political and social challenges. The country’s slums, often referred to as “barrios” or “ranchos”, are characterized by informal settlements, inadequate housing, lack of basic services and high levels of poverty.
There is a serious shortage of affordable housing in Venezuela, leading to a proliferation of informal settlements. Many individuals and families have been forced to build makeshift homes in slums, often without adequate infrastructure or basic services.
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