On August 5, a magnitude 7 earthquake struck Lombok, killing 515 people and severely damaging around 85,000 homes. Thousands of families have been rendered homeless and many are displaced and staying in poor quality emergency shelters. Key water and sanitation infrastructures, including water distribution networks, have been destroyed and pose a serious public health hazard.
In less than two months – September 28, 2018, past 6 PM, Friday, the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia was hit by a powerful 7.4 earthquake, triggering 2-meter tsunami waves followed by aftershocks.
The overall aim of the Indonesia earthquake and tsunami disaster response program is to help at least 5,000 families or 25,000 people recover by focusing on immediate relief, transitional shelter, construction of core homes and community infrastructure improvements.
Habitat’s priority in the immediate aftermath of the disaster is to enable the self-recovery of affected families through the provision of emergency shelter kits and rubble removal kits.
The longer-term response will follow Habitat’s model of assisting affected communities with housing solutions ranging from repairs to transitional shelter interventions and on to permanent home reconstruction, disaster risk reduction training.