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Quake devastation exposes poor building standards PADANG - The damage caused to Indonesia's West Sumatra province by the earthquake last month has exposed what experts say are poor construction standards in the seismically vulnerable region. In the provincial capital of Padang, schools, shops, hotels and government offices collapsed in the 30 September quake, burying hundreds of people; many of the bodies have yet to be recovered.

The official death toll was 704 as of 7 October, with at least 295 listed as missing. About 200,000 homes and 2,000 other buildings were damaged, with about half destroyed, according to local government data. "There are problems with construction quality," said Firman Dalil, head of West Sumatra's Building and Environmental Management Department.

"There are rules that buildings must be built by certified entities, but enforcement has been less than strict," Dalil told reporters on 7 October. He said the provincial government planned to set up a construction council tasked with ensuring that construction plans meet government standards. "Nationally, there's a regulation on quake-proof construction, but in West Sumatra the bar will be set higher," he said.

West Sumatra Governor Gamawan Fauzi said the province would issue a bylaw on building standards. "Many buildings in Padang, Padang Pariaman and in coastal areas are below standard," he told IRIN. "Many homes do not have steel support, and these buildings collapsed in the quake."

The remains of a mosque that collapsed after being hit by a quake-related landslide in Tandidek Villlage, Padang Pariaman district, West Sumatra.
The remains of a mosque that collapsed after being hit by a quake-related landslide in Tandidek Villlage, Padang Pariaman district, West Sumatra. Jefri Aries/IRIN



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Posted in Earthquake @ 08 October 2009 03:17 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink

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