Oxfam’s response to the Flood Emergency in Dili, Timor-Leste
08 April 2021
Supporting people with special needs.
Procurement has been undertaken to purchase items that support vulnerable groups in camps (pregnant women, people with disabilities and senior members). Such items include dignity kits to women and girls.
Oxfam and the local partner, Ra’es Hadomi Timor Oan (RHTO), has coordinated with UNICEF to provide an accessible toilet for people with disabilities.
Oxfam has been playing a key role in coordinating among INGO actors, leading on sharing information from civil protection meetings and updates, including advising on good practice in engaging with government.
To date we have supported 217 households.
06 April 2021
Rains have stopped and the immediate disaster has passed.
Rains have stopped and the immediate disaster has passed with flooding now having subsided.
There is significant infrastructure damage in Dili and other parts of the country with loss of homes, bridges and roads damaged. There are currently 8000+ people (based on AHP evacuation camp assessment on 6 April 2021) in 10 formal evacuation camps in Dili.
Oxfam is the only International organization that is supporting local organiations space to join the assessment and response. Oxfam is working closely with AHP agencies (Care, Plan, World Vision, Caritas, Child Fund (consortium members with Plan) and ADRA (consortium members with Caritas) in undertaking the response.
Daily coordination meetings are held, enabling coordination with UN agencies, government and other development partners, including Australian embassy representatives.
04 April 2021
Covid-19 adding extra complexity.
This flood has occurred almost one year after a previous large scale flood in Dili. The government is requesting support from international agencies to run the response.
The current COVID-19 community transmission situation adds complexity and risk to the response. People in evacuation centres are not following covid precautions, very few are wearing masks, there is limited to no social distancing and there is no available clean water for handwashing.
How you can help our response in Timor-Leste
When emergencies strike, like the unfolding situation in Dili, Timor-Leste, Oxfam is there, on the ground, providing life-saving food, clean water, shelter, hygiene kits, cash assistance and other essential items. But we can’t do this without your vital support.