The Story of Sri, a Mamuju Earthquake Survivor Occupying Integrated Community Shelter

The Integrated Community Shelter (ICS) compound which was built for the earthquake survivors in Mamuju gives hope for the evacuees. They have a more liveable residence while waiting for their houses to be rebuilt.

Sri Suryanti and one of her children
Sri Suryanti (32) and one of her childrens are enjoying their time at the Integrated Community Shelter which was built by Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT). (ACTNews)

ACTNews, MAMUJU – The West Sulawesi earthquake evacuees can finally live in a more comfortable place after the Integrated Community Shelter has officially been inaugurated by Aksi Cepat Tanggap. They no longer need to be crammed in evacuation tents.

One of the evacuees, Sri Suryanti (32) admitted that before she moved to ICS, she lived in evacuation tents with miserable conditions. The woman who works as a farmer used to live in the evacuation tents with her husband and her second child. “There were more than 10 people within a tent, it was too cramped and stuffy. I will feel bad for my son when he started to feel stuffy,” said Sri while reminiscing it, Monday (04/12/2021)

Sri said, the situation in the tent, either during the day or at night, was very uncomfortable. At noon, she and her family were in a swelter meanwhile it was too cold at night because the tent couldn’t block the wind at night. 

Especially if it rained, it is always flooded. "The air often entered the tent. If that's the case, just getting close to sleep was very difficult," Sri explained.

Sri also admitted that her and her husband’s income were too little to start over and rebuild their house which was totally damaged after the magnitude 6.2 earthquake rocked Mamuju last January. “I’m only a farmer, how could I get the money to build a house> The government has yet to send assistance for the construction of our house,” she said.

Thus, Sri was very grateful when ACT built ICS for the evacuees of the Mamuju earthquake. ICS is a compound of integrated comfortable housing that can be occupied by the evacuees for up to three years. That way, the survivors can wait for their damaged house to be rebuilt with comfort.

“Alhamdulillah, this shelter compound from ACT helps a lot for us who are affected by the earthquake. We no longer have to suffer from sweltering, cold, crammed, also our children are able to sleep soundly,” explained Sri.

Until now, the ICS in Mamuju has had 96 shelters which are divided into five blocks and have been occupied by 130 evacuees. Each unit consists of two rooms. Aside from private residence, ICS provides several public facilities such as a public toilet, public kitchen, shed, and kids playground.[]