Gov’t to Build Temporary Housing for Palu Quake Victims

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation
Date 16 Oktober 2018
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One of temporary housing for the quake victims in Palu (Photo: IST)

One of temporary housing for the quake victims in Palu (Photo: IST)

The Indonesian government will build 1,200 temporary housing units for those affected by the deadly earthquake and tsunami that hit a number of regions in Central Sulawesi province in September.

Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security Wiranto said the unit is designed in a barrack style, in which one barrack will be occupied by around 12 families. The barrack will also be equipped with public toilets, kitchens and other household facilities.

“As of today’s calculation, the Government is planning to build 1,200 temporary housing units in 12 locations. However, the number may change, depending on the number of misplaced residents,” Wiranto said after holding a Limited Coordination Meeting at the Office of the Coordinating Ministry for Politics, Law and Security, Jakarta, Monday (10/15).

According to Wiranto, there are currently 65,000 misplaced residents in the quake-hit regions and only half of them – or around 30,000 people – can return to their homes, which are not destroyed.

Meanwhile, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono said that the housing is only temporary until permanent housing and relocation area is completely rebuilt. The construction of the housing is targeted to be completed in 2 months in Palu City, Sigi regency and Donggala regency, he added.

“Three prospective relocation sites for residential areas are in Palu City, namely Duyu, Tondo and Pombewe sub-district,” Basuki, adding that the 1,200 temporary housing units would be able to accommodate 14,400 families.

The unit, he said, is built with a knockdown model measuring 12 x 26.4 square meters and divided into 12 rooms with one family each.

Meanwhile, Chairperson of the Central Sulawesi Disaster Management Task Force of Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing Arie Setiadi Murwanto explained that the housing would be built with a cluster system in five zones considering land availability and security factors. “Each cluster consists of 10 units (120 rooms each) and will be provided with one pre-school and one elementary school, a trash bin, an open space for community activities and a motorcycle parking lot,” Arie said.

He added that each unit is built with quake-resistant design and can accommodate extremely hot weather in Palu. It will also be equipped with 4 toilets, 4 bathrooms, septic tanks, laundry area, and a shared kitchen and 450-watts power electricity per room, he added.

“This housing can be occupied for two years until the permanent housing built by the Government is completed,” Arie said.

For the record, the housing locations are in Duyu, Petobo and Pengawu Sub-district and several football fields in Silae, Tipo, Tipo A, Buluri, Watusampu, and Kawatuna Sub-district. (Public Relations of Coordinating Ministry for Politics, Law and Security and Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing/ ES) (STU/EP/Naster)

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