Lombok`s quake victims show spirit of mutual help

Lombok`s quake victims show spirit of mutual help

Residents of Karangbaru Village, East Lombok District receive clean water assistance. (ANTARA/Dewanto Samodro)

East Lombok (ANTARA News) - Many Sembalun Lawang villagers of East Lombok District show the spirit of mutual help amid their difficult lives due to the recent earthquakes that damaged their houses.

On Tuesday, they were seen working together under the rainfall to prevent their tents from puddle.

"I feel cold enough but I do not have choice except preventing my tent from the puddle," said Arifin, resident of Sembalun Lawang Village, Sembalun Subdistrict, East Lombok District, West Nusa Tenggara Province, on Tuesday.

In preventing their tents from getting wet because of the puddle of rainfall, Arifin and his colleagues took several bricks from damaged houses to be used for securing the tents.

Arifin, who left his house that the recent earthquake seriously damaged it, said he felt the weather get colder after the rain showered the area.

"I cannot return to my house. It is dangerous due to its condition," said the man taking refuge around 100 meters away from his damaged house.

Due to the poor condition of the refugee site and changing weather, he said he was so concerned with the health of his and of his family members.

In another development, the central government has set a target of six months to complete the reconstruction of houses damaged due to a series of earthquakes in the island of Lombok.

"(The reconstruction) may start next week. It must be completed in six months` time. The president has ordered the reconstruction (of the damaged houses) after the emergency response period is over," Vice President Jusuf Kalla said.

Speaking after chairing a coordination meeting at the office of the West Nusa Tenggara governor on Tuesday, he remarked that the central government was ready to assist Lombok residents in rehabilitating and reconstructing their houses damaged in the wake of a powerful earthquake on the island.

"The ministries and the BNPB (the National Disaster Mitigation Agency) will assist the governor and district heads until the reconstruction of the damaged houses is completed in six months` time. Meanwhile, it will take a year to repair public facilities, including school buildings, hospitals, and mosques," he noted.

Reportingby Dhimas Budi Pratama
Editing by Rahmad Nasution