Transitional housing to be built for Lombok earthquake victims – Indonesia
The Ministry of Transport, in cooperation with Gadjah Mada University (UGM), based in Yogyakarta, will build post-disaster transitional housing for earthquake victims in Lombok, in western Nusa Tenggara (NTB).
Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said on Monday that the temporary structures, which allow a rapid design and construction process, would be built in a cluster of 50 houses.
“We want the people of Lombok to begin to recover [from the disaster] and resume their daily activities as soon as possible, ”he said, quoted by Antara.
UGM’s school of engineering dean, Nizam, said the team will combine the use of earthquake-resistant steel frames and lightweight aluminum roofs with woven bamboo or reused wood. The construction of each house is estimated to take two days, at a cost of 10 million rupees (684.70 USD).
He added that transitional housing would provide a better alternative to tents for earthquake victims. The transitional design, he added, would also allow people to renovate and turn homes into more permanent structures in the future.
According to their plan, these houses will be built around the port of Pemenang, which connects the island of Lombok to Bali to boost tourism in the region.
The Ministry of Public Works and Housing also plans to build 11,000 earthquake-proof houses for the displaced people of Lombok.
The government will now begin the reconstruction and recovery phase in Lombok after the emergency response period ended on Saturday. (ris / ipa)