With flood recovery efforts underway, Timor-Leste faces dual problem of a Covid-19 surge

Image: Par Jose_Matheus via Shuttlestock. Suai Timor Leste: children fetching water with jerrycan in the village.

Extreme weather over the Easter weekend from Tropical Cyclone Seroja has caused large-scale devastation in Timor Leste. Flash floods and landslides have killed forty-two people and seventy others unaccounted for. As Timor-Leste grapples with navigating a path out of the destruction, it faces a growing new problem of a surge of Covid-19 transmission in the community. Lockdown measures have been eased temporarily to allow thousands of displaced citizens in Dili to shelter in emergency centres. Now the country has recorded a jump in community transmissions causing the government to declare a state of emergency. Australia has responded to calls for international assistance and pledged $7 million in emergency relief for flood recovery efforts to support the work of organisations such as the Timor-Leste Red Cross.



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