Residents encouraged to rebuild houses after powerful quakes in Lombok, Indonesia

Source: Xinhua| 2018-08-21 20:30:50|Editor: xuxin
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Volunteers arrange plastic bags containing food that will be distributed to residents in shelters in Lombok, Indonesia, Aug. 27, 2018. Multiple strong quakes devastated the island since July 29, killing over 500 people. (Xinhua/Zulkarnain)

JAKARTA, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Indonesian government on Tuesday asked quake survivors in Lombok Island in central parts of the country to kick off reconstruction of their houses after multiple strong quakes devastated the island since July 29, killing over 500 people.

The jolts rattled over 73,843 houses and scores of infrastructures facilities in the country's tourist destination island, forcing a total of 431,436 people to flee their homes and take shelters in makeshift encampments, spokesman of national disaster management agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla met with quake-affected people in West Nusa Tenggara province on Tuesday, saying that the government would provide financial assistance for the reconstruction.

To better cope with possible quakes, the residence would be guided on how to build new houses which can resist the tremblor of quakes of up to 9.0-magnitude, Kalla said in a statement issued by the agency.

The amount of the financial assistance would be various based on the level of the damages, Kalla said.

He said for serious damages, the government would assist a 50-million-rupiah (some 3,432 U.S. dollars) aid, and 25 million rupiah (about 1,716 U.S. dollars) for moderate damages as well as 10 million rupiah (686 U.S. dollars) for light damages.

Indonesian Public Work Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said the ministry would train people on how to build quake-resistant houses.

The minister said the ministry would immediately rebuild collapsed school buildings, markets, and other infrastructures facilities.

Four major quakes of 6.4, 7.0, 6.5 and 6.9 magnitude respectively rattled Lombok Island since July 29, one of which triggered tsunami, devastating houses, buildings, bridges, and cutting off communication and triggering electricity outages.

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