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Squeezing Together
Source: Care USA

In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, houses were swept away, and millions of survivors were made homeless. Tents and tarpaulins are good temporary shelters, but something more substantial is needed, as reconstruction may take several years. The absence of permanent shelter increases the likelihood of insect bites exposure to other parasitic diseases.

There are other inexpensive alternatives such as the Global Village Shelter, a flat-pack hut made from water and fire resistant cardboard-type material. It takes approximately 20 minutes to assemble, and costs about US$400, about 5 times the cost of a tent.

World Vision India is supplying the materials and the labourers to construct temporary housing for 7,000 families made homeless by the tsunami in two districts south of Chennai. Each new house is a 10 x 12 foot, temporary shelter of fibre-cement board attached to a frame of wooden poles. In the fishing village of Sonankuppam, workers are putting up 25 temporary houses a day. As they work, bulldozers clear aside the debris of the hundreds of thatch and brick homes demolished by the tsunami. Locals are employed in the reconstruction, helping to kick start economic activity.


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