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Jakarta Post

Concern rises as rainy season looms in Lombok

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 12 2018   /  12:54 am

Fears have been expressed that many earthquake victims on Lombok Island in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) living in tents or other temporary shelters far from their damaged houses will not have a proper place to live by the time the rainy season starts next month.

Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono has promised to finish the reconstruction of the damaged houses in the next six months.

NTB Regional Council speaker Baiq Isvie Rupaeda, however, called on the government to provide an immediate solution for all victims and questioned the government’s sluggishness in conducting a multi-layered aid-eligibility assessment.

“The central government might need to consider providing [faster] temporary housing, as the regional administration might not be able to provide it because of a limited budget — most of which has been allocated for repairing public buildi...