Transitional housing to be built for Lombok earthquake victims

News Desk

The Jakarta Post


Jakarta   /  Mon, August 27, 2018  /  12:06 pm

In ruins: A search and rescue team member stands on the rubble of a collapsed building following a series of tremors that have hit Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, since July 29.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

The Transportation Ministry, in cooperation with Yogyakarta-based Gadjah Mada University (UGM), will build post-disaster transitional housing for earthquake victims in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB).


Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said on Monday that the temporary structures, which allow for a quick design and building process, would be built in a cluster of 50 houses.


“We want the Lombok people to start to recover [from the disaster] and return to their daily activities as soon as possible,” he said, as quoted by Antara.


Dean of the UGM’s school of engineering Nizam said the team would combine the use of earthquake-resistant steel frames and light aluminum roofs with either woven bamboo or reused timber. Each house is estimated to take two days to build at a cost of Rp 10 million (US$684.70).


He added that the transitional housing would provide a better alternative to tents for the earthquake victims. The transitional design, he added, would also allow people to renovate and turn the houses into more permanent structures in the future.



Under their plan, these houses will be built around Pemenang Port, which connects Lombok Island with Bali to revive tourism in the area.



The Public Works and Housing Ministry also plans to build 11,000 earthquake-resistant houses for displaced Lombok people.



The government will now start the reconstruction and recovery phase in Lombok after the emergency response period ended on Saturday. (ris/ipa)