The Jakarta Post
The reconstruction of houses affected by Mount Kelud's eruption is entering the final stage with 12,184 houses having been repaired at a total cost of Rp 55 billion (US$4.80 billion) since the project started on Feb. 24.
Of a total target of 12,304 houses in the three regencies of Malang, Blitar, and Kediri, 99 percent have now been fixed.
Only 120 houses have not been fully repaired.
'From the prepared Rp 100 billion, [the rebuilding] only absorbed around Rp 55 billion,' East Java Governor, Soekarwo, was quoted as saying by kompas.com on Sunday.
He said the rebuilding period would be extended to March 14 to pay attention to public facilities that were 'lightly damaged' and 4,000 damaged house terraces.
It was previously reported that the East Java provincial administration had a two-weeks repair deadline.
The Rp 100 billion was taken from the provincial budget for 'rehabilitation of inappropriate housing' and 'emergency fund'.
In addition to local residents, the rebuilding work also involved a joint-team of 6,000 personnel from the military and police. (put/nvn)
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