Sumatra House Construction

    On September 30, 2009 at 5:16 pm, a powerful earthquake struck off the western Sumatra coast in Indonesia, measuring 7.6 on the Richter Scale (RS). The epicenter was 45 km west-northwest of the port city of Padang populating approximately 900,000. A second quake measuring 6.2 RS occurred 22 minutes later. A third 6.8 RS quake struck an inland area 225 km southeast of Padang early in the following morning killing 612 people while 343 were still missing when the government declared closure of its rescue operation. 83,512 severely damaged houses are not inhabitable and people are still living in makeshift thatches.

    Ummah Welfare Trust has initiated a long term project to build approximately 100 earthquake-proof houses for the most poor earthquake victims of the Western Sumatra region who lost their property fully. Designs have been drawn by certified civil engineers and architects using government guidelines. Estimated cost to build each house will be £4,000. Below are some of the partial designs of the house with earthquake proof engineering-standards approved by the government.


    The finished houses will look similar to the picture below: