The Jakarta Post
The Australian government has deployed a team to assist the West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) administration in assessing damages and inspecting buildings, including public offices, following recent destructive earthquakes on Lombok Island.
“The team that consists of seven engineers and structure technicians will work for the next two weeks to help the local administration to assess and evaluate the conditions of the buildings after the earthquake,” Fleur Davies, the minister-counsellor overseeing development cooperation at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, said on Wednesday in Mataram.
Davies said the assistance was a response to requests made by NTB Governor M. Zainul Majdi aka Tuan Guru Bajang, who recently asked Australia to help in assessing buildings.
In the next two weeks, the assessment team will inspect 180 buildings, including offices, schools, health clinics, hospitals and other facilities in the province. The leader of the assessment team, Mark Reilly of the New South Wales Disaster Recovery and Community Support, said the team would also consult the NTB Public Housing Agency and an assessment team from Gadjah Mada University.
“The team will inspect the conditions of the buildings and then give recommendations to the NTB administration on whether the buildings are safe or not,” he said.
The buildings, Mark said, would be categorized into three levels of damages: minimum (green), medium (yellow) and severe (red).
According to Davies, since the earthquake hit Lombok, Australia has donated AU$500,000 (US$364,763) to support humanitarian programs led by the local chapter of the Indonesia Red Cross.
Australia also provided family kits worth $28,000 for women and children. (swd)