Flooding, Timor Leste
Heavy rains across Timor Leste brought on by Tropical Cyclone Seroja led to flash floods and landslides, with the capital Dili and the surrounding low-lying areas the worst affected. Early reports indicate that 46 people lost their lives, thousands were displaced and some 164,000 people were affected.
Damage to homes, crops and infrastructure, and the disease and lockdown restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, have left households in a precarious situation in terms of adequate shelter, food, and hygiene.
World Vision is providing tools and materials to clean and repair houses, as well as basic household supplies for families. Water is being trucked to the communities, to facilitate clean-up and ensure safe drinking.
World Vision is also providing toys and resources to 10 Child-friendly Spaces, as well as supporting volunteers to ensure their physical and emotional safety.
Hygiene kits and personal care items will be distributed, with special attention given to the particular personal care needs of pregnant and lactating women and their babies. Proper hygiene will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 among flood-affected populations.
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