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Thousands still homeless one year after earthquakes

  • Panca Nugraha

    The Jakarta Post

Mataram   /   Fri, August 16 2019   /  12:45 am

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 stayed in a temporary shelter because we have yet to receive support,” said Lukman, a 45-year-old resident of Semb...