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Tsunami survivors still lack adequate shelter JAKARTA - One month after a deadly tsunami struck Indonesia's southern Mentawai islands, shelter for the more than 11,000 people affected remains a critical challenge, aid workers and officials say. "The most urgent need for people affected by the tsunami is housing and restoring their livelihoods," Andi Hanindito, head of emergency response with the Ministry of Social Affairs, told IRIN.

On 25 October, the islands were struck by a 3m-high tsunami triggered by a 7.7 magnitude earthquake off the coast of western Sumatra, which left 509 people dead, 21 missing, destroyed 550 houses and damaged another 200, the country's National Disaster Management Agency reported. One month on, more than 11,400 people remain displaced and are living in tents in the North Pagai, South Pagai, South Sipora and Sikakap districts.

Although the post-tsunami emergency phase officially ended on 22 November, the government is planning to build more than 1,000 temporary and 1,600 permanent houses for survivors (217 in North Pagai, 785 in South Pagai, 613 in South Sipora, and 16 in Sikakap), officials said.

With funding from national and provincial budgets as well as donors, the government is spending an estimated US$40 million on reconstruction, rehabilitation and relocation (expected to be completed by 2012), not only to help those in immediate need, but also to prepare the communities for the next disaster.

"The money will be spent not only on housing but also on infrastructure such as water, sanitation, communication networks and health, and on reviving livelihoods, including farming and fishing," said Indroyono Soesilo, secretary for the People's Welfare Ministry. The government is also relocating people who were not directly affected by the tsunami, but now want to move to higher ground for fear of the next disaster.


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