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Jakarta Post

Ministry completes 190 multifamily homes in tsunami-hit Palu

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 16, 2019   /   01:10 pm
Ministry completes 190 multifamily homes in tsunami-hit Palu Workers construct temporary housing in Petobo, South Palu, on Monday for survivors of the earthquakes that struck Central Sulawesi in September 2018. (The Jakarta Post/Ruslan Sangadji)


The Ministry of Public Works and Housing has completed the construction of 190 of a planned 699 huntara (temporary multifamily homes) to support disaster recovery efforts in Palu, Central Sulawesi.

Ten huntara units consisting of 120 chambers each stand in Silae village. Meanwhile, state-owned electricity firm PLN is set to install electricity in Duyu village following the construction of huntara in the area.

Survivors of the earthquakes and tsunami in Sigi and Donggala, who have been residing in shelters, can now move into the temporary housing. During a recent visit to the construction site, Central Sulawesi Governor Longki Djanggola urged the local government to identify the families that will get to move into the huntara as soon as possible.

He noted that the provincial administration had prepared supporting facilities and items for the temporary homes, such as stoves, cooking equipment, beds and mattresses.

The Public Works and Housing Ministry’s head of disaster management in Central Sulawesi, Arie Setiadi Moerwanto, said at the same occasion that he hoped all survivors could move in as soon as possible, so that the government could evaluate and identify any deficiencies in the construction of the homes.

“The completed huntara can become the standard for those who wish to develop such homes in Palu, Sigi and Donggala,” he said.

He added that the procurement of construction material, human resources, clean water and electricity were the main obstacles in the development of huntara(aak/dwa)