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CASAS DE BLOCOS are homes built of concrete blocks which are produced locally. In the colonial period the local population was not allowed to build homes in permanent materials such as   bricks and concrete. Today most of the informal dwellings are these  so-called casas de blocos. CASAS DE MADEIRA E ZINCO are houses built with a wooden skeleton clad with zinc sheets. Earlier, it was only permitted to build these houses for the part of the population that worked for the colonial authorities. Today only a few madeira e zinco houses are built. CASAS DE CANIÇO are houses built with a flimsy lath skeleton clad with reeds (caniço). In the colonial period they were a synonym for a temporary dwelling for the local population. Today caniço houses are occupied only by the extremely poor. MAPUTO 121


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