Australia- Santos Company pay a Helicopter to transport Emergency relief to the victims in remote areas

Australia- Santos Company pay a Helicopter to transport Emergency relief  to the victims in remote areas

Helicopter from the MCDERMOTT (Image Tatoli/António Gonçalves)

DILI, 21 april 2021 (TATOLI)- Australian Government and Santos oil Company made a one-month payment of the helicopter to help the government transport the emergency reliefs to the victims of flood disasters in Atauro and other remote areas. 

The helicopter’s operations are financed by the Australian Executive and oil company Santos with the amount of US $ 921,782, of which 250,000 will be the Santos firm contribution.

Australia’s Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Peter Roberts, said, the emergency package is part of the total budget of 7 million Australian dollars (about 5.5 million US dollars) to support the victims of the April 4 floods in Timor-Leste.

“The Australian Government finances the helicopter, together with Santos, for a month. We hope to be able to use it for various activities depending on the needs”, Ambassador Robert said. 

Peter Roberts added that Australia maintains its cooperation with Timor-Leste in several areas, noting that four Australian doctors arrived today to work together with the Ministry of Health to combat the new coronavirus.

Santos’ national representative, José Lobato, revealed that the oil company will grant 250,000 Australian dollars (about 195,000 US dollars) to flood victims through the Timor-Leste Red Cross.

“It is a commitment from Santos Company. We were approached by the Government to support the arrival of air transport to respond to the flood situation. Thus, Santos manages to look for a helicopter to help the Government, with the amount of 250 thousand US dollars”, The Director of Santos Company Lobato said. 

Lobato also referred that the Government requested this air assistance, at least, for one month, depending on the needs of the Timorese Executive.

The Vice-Minister of Interior, António Armindo, took the opportunity, thanked the Australian Government and the for making everything available at this hard time. 


Journalist: Maria Auxiliadora

Editor: Zezito Silva 


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