Timor-Leste Floods Emergency Timor-Leste Floods Emergency

The biggest floods in 50 years in Timor-Leste. Donate now.

The biggest floods in 50 years in Timor-Leste. 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.

Around1,500 families in Dili alone have had to evacuate from their homes to emergency accommodation centres.

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. 

CARE has launched an emergency response to support families affected by the disastrous floods. The first priority is ensuring people are fed, clothed, and have somewhere to sleep at night. We will also focus on assisting children, as schools are currently closed, while their parents are managing the clean up and emotional impacts.  

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.”

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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.