Gov’t Introduces Resistant Houses to Residents in Quake-hit Lombok

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation
Date 13 Agustus 2018
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President meets the displaced residents in North Lombok Regent Office field on Monday (13/8). (Photo by: Bureau of Press, Media and Information)

President meets the displaced residents in North Lombok Regent Office field on Monday (13/8). (Photo by: Bureau of Press, Media and Information)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo ensures that assistance for repairing houses affected by the quake that hit Lombok would be distributed gradually starting Tuesday (14/08/18).

As previously reported, the President met with the displaced residents in North Lombok Regent Office field on Monday (13/8). During the meeting, President Jokowi said that Central Government has budgeted Rp50 million for each head of household whose house have been severely damaged and told the residents to be willing to rebuild their houses with earthquake resistant technology.

Previously, Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing introduced a technology called RISHA (Healthy Modest Instantaneous House) which has many advantages, one of which is earthquake resistant.

“The construction with RISHA system will be supervised by the Governor and will be given guidance by Minister of Public Works and Public Housing. So if there is an earthquake, the house won’t collapse,” the President said.

While inspecting the evacuation and quake affected areas in North Lombok, the President was informed that Lombok Island is an earthquake-prone area. Therefore, in a Limited Cabinet Meeting previously held at the same location, the President instructed Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing to provide education for the public regarding construction of earthquake resistant houses.

“I was informed that a major earthquake hit Lombok in 1979. We have to construct the houses here to be earthquakes resistant so that if there is another earthquake, the houses could still stand firm,” President Jokowi said.

Meanwhile, as quoted in Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing Research & Development e-product page, the construction of houses using RISHA technology has been carried out in Aceh for approximately 10 thousand units after the tsunami disaster struck.

RISHA is a house with the knock down concept by combining concrete panels with bolts, so the construction process does not require cement and brick, making the construction of the house faster. One of the advantages of this technology is that it enables the house to withstand earthquake shocks due to its flexibility.

After going through the development process since 2004, RISHA has met the Indonesian National Standard (SNI) and so far RISHA houses have been established in more than 60 regions in Indonesia with a total of hundreds of thousands of units. (BPMI/EN) (GWH/EP/Naster)

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