Govt to Relocate Cianjur Earthquake Victims; Houses to Be Built

1 December 2022 16:11 WIB

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The spokesperson for the Public Works and Housing Ministry (PUPR) Endra Atmawidjaja on Thursday said the government has a 2.5-hectare plot of land prepared to accommodate and house the victims of the magnitude 5.6 earthquake in Cianjur, West Java. 

With the Ministry’s initial calculation, 80 units of the 60-square-meter houses could be built for each hectare of the land. The houses will adopt a simple and healthy instant housing dubbed RISHA. 

“[The location] will suffice to build 200 units. Residents who are severely affected and are unable to occupy their homes again will be moved there,” said Endra at the PUPR Ministry on December 1. “The land is provided by the Provincial Government. The RISHA supplies have started to be installed.”

The PUPR Ministry hopes that the earthquake victims will voluntarily agree to the relocation proposal from the Cianjur Regional Government.

Endra asserted that the earthquake on Monday, November 21, which claimed 328 lives, was caused by an active fault, which means that there could be potentially larger earthquakes in that specific region in the future. 

“We already know. Yesterday 5.6 Richter scale was just like that, especially if it's big. That's what we don't want. Therefore, we hope the community will voluntarily agree to the relocation," Endra remarked.

RIRI RAHAYU

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