New Shelters for Earthquake Survivors in South Halmahera

As many as 22 families in Wayatim Village received Family Shelters that were built in three weeks.

New Shelters for Earthquake Survivors in South Halmahera' photo
The beneficiaries of the Family Shelters posing in front of one of the shelters. (ACTNews/Dede Abdul Rachman)

ACTNews, SOUTH HALMAHERA - Four months have the survivors of the earthquake in Wayatim Village, Bacan Timur Tengah Subdistrict, South Halmahera, stayed in tents or their relatives’ houses. Now, they can be a little relieved because the Family Shelters built by ACT in collaboration with Grab and Tokopedia have been completed.

Family Shelter Construction Coordinator Dede Abdul Rochman said, the construction of 22 comfortable homes for earthquake survivor families took three weeks, involving 10 construction workers that he brought directly from Tasikmalaya, West Java.

"Alhamdulillah, the shelters were completed in early November. They can immediately be used," said Dede, Tuesday (11/19).

These Family Shelters in Wayatim Village are prioritized for those who have no home or relatives with whom they can stay.

It was not easy to deliver the materials for the construction of the shelters to Wayatim village. "It took 4 hours from Labuha City, Bacan Island, to Tomara Village. We had to cross 5 rivers without a bridge. Luckily, it was not raining, or else we would not be able to cross," explained Dede.

After reaching Tomara Village, the team continued their journey by sea for an hour using a boat rented from a local fisherman

"The Wayatim Village is quite from the capital of the regency. Hence, the recovery effort is quite difficult," explained Dede. Based on ACT team’s data, 60 houses were severely damaged, and 62 families were afflicted.

Wayatim Village Secretary Yasin Abdullah (54) expressed his gratitude on behalf of the locals. He is very happy that some of the survivors now have a place to live. "Thank you ACT, Tokopedia and Grab. May Allah bless the benefactors with good health, "said Yasin. []

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