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Thousands queue for housing assistance in Atlanta Georgia, US

More than 30,000 people have descended on a shopping centre in Atlanta, Georgia in an attempt to apply for public housing assistance.

Many queued outside the shopping centre for up to three days in sweltering heat, in hope of discounted rent.

Authorities were unprepared for the throng, which saw 13,000 applications being taken for 455 rent assistance vouchers and 200 public housing spaces.

Reports say 62 people have been hurt and 20 needed hospital care.

  • 12 Aug 2010