Govt, PMI to build more than 1,000 temporary shelters in Mentawai

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Wed, 11/10/2010 7:18 AM | Archipelago


The West Sumatra Disaster Mitigation Agency has said the government and Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) will build more than 1,000 temporary shelters for earthquake and tsunami survivors in Mentawai, West Sumatra.

“The local government will provide 600 shelters, while the red cross will donate 516,” agency chief Paulinus Sabelekpangulu said as quoted by Antara news agency on Tuesday.

The temporary shelters will be built on the hilly areas of Muara Taikako village, he said.

“The area is far enough from the threat of tsunami and it will not disturb Muara Taikako villagers,” Paulinus said, adding that the government was seeking other areas to set up camps.

In late October, a tsunami hit the Mentawai islands, killing at least 400 people, destroying more than 25,000 houses in six hamlets and leaving thousands of residents homeless.

West Sumatra governor Irwan Prayitno said the emergency period in Mentawai would be extended to Nov 22.

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