Countries suffering from natural disasters like earthquakes, storms, tsunamis, etc. find it difficult to provide alternative shelters to the survivors immediately. Normally, temporary camps are set up to give a shelter to the victims who lost their homes and belongings. But creating shelters that are safe and comfortable in a very short span of time has always been a mammoth task for the governments and relief teams.
The students at the Nanjing Forestry University, at the Jiangsu province of Eastern China, have recently developed and displayed the design of a light weight makeshift house. Packing materials are the main constituent of this house. The square parts can be assembled within its supporting frame, in just an hour, to build the sun, wind and rain resistant house. The insulating property of the packing material adds comfort and safety to the house.
The house with an area of only 211.89 sq.ft. might be a little cramped even for a family of four, but in a condition when there is no shelter available with privacy following a natural disaster, the house is definitely a ray of hope. The light weight parts, made of packing materials, are easy to carry by air to the affected areas and are cheap enough (costs $309 or CN¥2000) for the authorities to supply in hundreds.
With new ideas and innovations increasingly being adopted to fight natural disasters, the portable house is definitely a significant addition to the relief mechanisms for disaster victims.