ACTNews, LEBAK - After the flood and landslide that hit Lebak Regency, Banten in early 2020, many residents are still deeply saddened. Many their houses were destroyed. Bridges were cut off due to the strong current of the water.
Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) continues to assist the victims since day one after the disaster. Now, to provide meals and housing for affected residents, ACT is preparing to build an Integrated Community Shelter (ICS) complex. The groundbreaking ceremony that marked ACT’s commitment to the construction of proper housing was carried out in Sukarame Village, Sajira Subistrict, Lebak, Wednesday (3/3).
ACT President Ibnu Khajar said that this ICS compound is established so that people affected by the disaster can live in a more comfortable place. After staying in their relatives’ houses and in evacuation sites for quite some time, in the near future, the landslide victims will live in comfortable houses. "The construction of the ICS is part of the series of programs from ACT for disaster victims in Lebak. With these shelters, residents do not need to worry about houses anymore. They can focus on improving their economy," he explained.
A total of 52 families will occupy 52 shelters in the ICS. The construction process is targeted to finish in three to four weeks after the groundbreaking. Not only houses, but the ICS compound will also include a mosque, a playground, restrooms, a public kitchen, and a warehouse.
Cutting the ribbon as a sign of the launching of the Humanity Food Truck 3.0 and 4.0 in Lebak. This event was held in unison with the launching of the ICS. (ACTNews / Eko Ramdani)
In Lebak, in addition to launching the ICS, ACT also simultaneously launched its newest humanitarian vehicles, Humanity Food Truck 3.0 and 4.0. The trucks, which have just finished assembly at a car manufacturer in Magelang, are able to produce up to 2 thousand meal packages each truck.
Previously, since early January 2020, when the flash flood hit Lebak, ACT has sent a number of volunteers to evacuate the residents. The distribution of meal packages and basic supplies will also continue after the emergency response period done. Until now, ACT continues its assistance by providing comfortable housing and economic recovery assistance of disaster-affected residents.
Sukarame Village Head Asep Sahrudin expressed his gratitude to ACT for the assistance that has been provided so far. Hundreds of meal packages have been regularly distributed from day one. Until now, ACT has also continued to assist the disaster-hit residents and even began the construction of the ICS as a temporary residence for residents whose homes were destroyed. "ACT’s presence is very helpful for the locals," he explained.