Timor-Leste Floods Emergency – Donate Now
Exceptional flash floods have hit Timor-Leste’s capital city, Dili, along with other major population centres including Viqueque. The floods have already reportedly claimed over 27 lives, with many areas remaining under water.
Around 3,100 people in Dili alone have had to evacuate from their homes to emergency accommodation centres – and at least 33,000 households have been affected across the country.
Recent outbreaks of Covid-19 in Timor-Leste have further complicated efforts to house people safely in evacuation centres. Every effort is being made to ensure that families can socially distance from each other.
What is CARE doing to help?
CARE has launched an emergency response to support families affected by the disastrous floods and has already reached more than 9,000 people with:
- emergency food supplies so families can feed their children,
- mattresses and shelter equipment so people have a safe place to sleep,
- PPE and hygiene kits to help prevent the spread of COVID-19,
- soap, hygiene kits, and clean water,
- and educational magazines for children missing school.
Please donate now to CARE’s Global Emergency Fund to ensure we can provide immediate lifesaving aid and services to those who need them most.
Biggest floods in 50 years placing women and children at grave risk in Timor-Leste
CARE’s Country Director in Timor-Leste, Peter Goodfellow said: “Women and children are 14 times more at risk of death and injury in an emergency and the aftermath..
“Women bear the most responsibilities for households and young children in Timor-Leste, as they do worldwide, and this puts them at the heart of the danger in a situation like this.
“Our first concern is to make sure that all evacuees, especially women and children, and people with disabilities, have access to safe accommodation and the food and essentials they need right now.
“This flooding event is the largest in around 50 years. We’re seeing widespread damage.
“It is critical that we move quickly and carefully to prevent the spread of Covid-19 during this emergency. If the floods cause a super-spreader event, it will put a damaged and strained health care system under extraordinary pressure.”
Donate by phone
Call 1800 020 046 toll free and pay by credit card.
Donations over $2 are tax deductible.
CARE will use donations to our Global Emergency Fund to provide emergency relief and services to those who need them most. This will help the world’s most vulnerable people prepare for, and recover from, emergencies and disasters.