ACT Hastens to Finish Comfortable Shelters for Semeru Eruption Victims

ACT continues to hasten the construction of 100 units of comfortable shelters for the survivors of the Mount Semeru eruption. Located in a safe zone, each of the shelters will be 6 by 4.8-meter wide and include a living room, a bedroom, and a front porch.

shelter for Semeru eruption victims
Construction comfortable shelter for the victims of the Mount Semeru volcanic eruption. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, LUMAJANG – In assisting the victims of the volcanic eruption of Mount Semeru that took place in late 2021, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) has launched several programs from aid distribution to post-disaster recovery programs.

One of the efforts that ACT has made is to provide 100 units of comfortable shelters for the survivors. The construction site is in Sumber Mujur Village, Candipuro District, Lumajang Regency.

The commander of ACT's Emergency Response Team Kusmayadi said the shelters are built in an area designated as a safe zone by the government so that they will not be affected if another volcanic eruption happens.

He added that each shelter will be 6 by 4.8 meters wide and include a living room, a bedroom, a kitchen, and a front porch.

"As of Monday (1/31/2022), we have finished two shelters. Insha Allah, we are accelerating the construction so that the shelters can be occupied as soon as possible. The beneficiaries who will live there are the poor residents whose houses were damaged by the eruption as well as the elderly," explained Kusmayadi.

Besides shelter, ACT has also initiated a massive project to rebuild the local economy by providing ten machines to support the local construction block producers. Each machine will be able to produce 1,200 construction blocks each day, twice the production capacity of manual concrete block production.

The volcanic eruption of Mount Semeru that happened in early December killed dozens and damaged over 5,000 residential houses across several districts. []