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Thousands still homeless in W. Nusa Tenggara, one year after devastating earthquakes

  • Panca Nugraha

    The Jakarta Post

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Mataram   /   Thu, August 15, 2019   /  10:02 am
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Victims of last year's earthquakes at a temporary shelter in Sembalun Lawang village, East Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. (JP/Panca Nugraha)(JP/Panca Nugraha)

The powerful earthquakes that rocked West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) last July and August laid waste to over 200,000 houses, many of which have yet to be repaired or rebuilt one year after the devastating incidents. 
 
Although the government has allocated over Rp 5 trillion (US$350.8 million) for initial home repairs and reconstruction, the rehabilitation process has shown little progress.
 
As of this month, a full year since the quakes jolted NTB, only 60,000 out of 222,564 houses have been repaired and rebuilt, with 99,000 still in progress. 
 
The languid pace of the reconstruction process has made over 240,000 people who lost their homes to the earthquake practically homeless, as they have no other choice but to stay in temporary shelters indefinitely. 
 
“It has been a year. We’ve staye...