Field notes

Field notes: Rebuilding lives with quake-proof homes in Yogyakarta

But progress is slow in Indonesia due to lack of funds and little awareness of safe buildings

YOGYAKARTA • Indonesian housewife Kussupastiati recalls vividly the fateful morning of May 27, 2006, when a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the city of Yogyakarta.

The ground wobbled violently, swallowing up houses, schools, roads and bridges. Nearly 6,000 people died and more than 36,000 were injured in the aftermath. A million people, including Ms Kussupastiati, were left homeless.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 09, 2019, with the headline 'Rebuilding lives with quake-proof homes'. Print Edition | Subscribe