The rubble left by an earthquake on Lombok Island in 2018 (Photo: Xinhua/VNA)

Jakarta (VNA) – Work to construct permanent houses for earthquake victims in Lombok, Indonesia’s West Nusa Tenggara province, is estimated to be completed this year, according to the country’s Vice President Jusuf Kalla.

The construction has been delayed due to a shortage of materials.

Statistics show that the Lombok earthquake victims need at least 30,000 permanent and earthquake-resistant houses.

The Indonesian government has set a target of building 58,000 such houses.

More than 1,500 additional personnel from the Public Works and Public Housing Ministry, military, police and local community have been deployed to help speed up the construction.

Three powerful earthquakes rocked Lombok and Sumbawa Islands in West Nusa Tenggara on July 29, August 5, and August 9, 2018. Some 73,000 homes were seriously damaged.

The powerful 7-magnitude earthquake on August 5 alone devastated 75 percent of the buildings in North Lombok district.

The death toll on Lombok Island reached 555. More than 1,300 people were injured, and nearly 353,000 were internally displaced. Damage and losses are currently estimated at 7.7 trillion rupiah (528 million USD).-VNA