ACTNews, MAMUJU - One month after the West Sulawesi earthquake, many evacuees are still living in tents that are not comfortable to live in. The tarps can’t protect them adequately from the heat and cold. They yearn for comfortable housing after the massive earthquake destroyed and damaged their residences.
Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) has begun the construction of the Integrated Community Shelter (ICS) compound on Saturday (2/13/2021) for the earthquake survivors. The beginning of the ICS construction was marked by a groundbreaking ceremony attended by local community figures. The ICS which is built in Sendana Hamlet, North Botteng Village, Simboro District, Mamuju Regency is planned to finish in three weeks.
"We aim to finish the construction in three weeks. There will be 96 shelters with 20 toilets, mosques, and other facilities that ACT has built in other ICS compounds,” explained Dede Abdul Rohman, Coordinator of the ICS construction, Sunday (2/14/2021).
Each shelter will be inhabited by one family to reduce the risk of contracting Covid-19. At the moment, the evacuees live in tarp tents with each tent inhabited by more than one family.
In the vicinity of the ICS construction site, the majority of residents' houses suffered moderate to severe damage. Most of the houses were semi-permanent, making it easy to collapse.
Sutaryo from the ACT Program Department said that the ICS built in the earthquake-affected area in Mamuju was a joint effort to save the lives of the survivors who had been living in tents for one month. ICS will be equipped with amenities for its inhabitants.
"In addition to the ICS, ACT has also built family shelters which are constructed for Muslim preachers and teachers whose houses have been badly damaged. In the future, similar comfortable shelters will be built. We ask are requesting for your support and prayers,” said Sutaryo.