Indonesia builds temporary shelters for disaster-affected people

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The Indonesian government has built temporary shelters for tens of thousands of survivors of floods in Wasior of Papua and tsunami in Mentawai of West Sumatra, a minister said Tuesday.

Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security Djoko Suyanto told a joint press conference after a cabinet meeting on disaster management and security that the government targeted to complete the shelter building before Christmas.

The tsunami and floods last month have displaced over 25,000 persons and devastated infrastructure and buildings. The catastrophes also killed about 7,000 people and left dozens of others missing.

"The temporary shelters can be completed before the end of December or Christmas. The people now living in tents can live in the shelters when they celebrate Christmas," said Suyanto.

Indonesian Minister for Development Planning Armida Alisjahbana has said that the government would start reconstruction and rehabilitation program in West Sumatra early next year.

Indonesia, an archipelago country with over 17,500 islands and homed to about 138 million people, lies on a vulnerable quake-hit zone called the "Pacific Ring of Fire," where two continental plates meet and frequently cause seismic and volcanic activities.

Indonesia has 129 active volcanoes and one of them, Mount Merapi, erupted last month, killing 159 people and displacing hundreds of thousands of others.

Source: Xinhua


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