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.

Severe weather over the Easter weekend from Tropical Cyclone Seroja has caused large-scale destruction in Timor Leste. Flash floods and landslides have left forty-two people dead and seventy others unaccounted for. As Timor-Leste grapples with navigating a path to recovery, it faces a new problem of a surge in 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. This has prompted a jump in the number of cases in the community and caused 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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Tuesday, April 13 2021
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Featured in storyEmilio Licino Belo, Head of Disaster Management, International Committee of the Red Cross, Dili Pat Conroy, Shadow Minister for International Development and the Pacific

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