DILI, 9 december, 2021 (TATOLI) – The Government is preparing to evacuate communities, who live in the most high-risk areas of natural disasters to the safest shelter to avoid casualties and fatalities like on April 4 flash flood.
“The Government, together with the authorities of Dili Municipality are preparing for the evacuation of the communities who live in the high-risk areas of natural disasters,” said the Minister of State Administration (MAE), Miguel de Carvalho, during the discussion of the 2022 General State Budget in the specialty, at the National Parliament.
He said there were not many casualties recorded from yesterday’s heavy rain in the capital Dili: “We did not record many causalities in the high-risk areas, but there was one fatality caused by a fallen tree in Maleuana-Lesibutak neighborhood,” he stressed.
The Secretary of State for Civil Protection (SSCP) and Dili Authorities had visited some areas in Dili, which are more prone to flooding, to observe the condition of the communities, particularly in the Tasi-Tolu, Caicoli, and Comoro neighborhoods.
“Authorities attempted to evacuate those communities, but they did not want to leave their homes as there was no big flooding yesterday,” he said
Carvalho also mentioned that civil protection visited 40 families in the Golgota neighborhood of Madohi village, who live in an area that is prone to flooding.
“I call on all communities in Dili, especially to those who live near the mountains or streams to prevent themselves in case of a natural disaster. The government has already approved the new decree-law for the construction of the Multipurpose Shelter Centers (CAMF),” he said.
The decree-law on the construction of CAMF was presented by Minister Miguel Pereira de Carvalho and approved by the Government earlier this month.
“CAMF is a temporary accommodation to accumulate the victims of natural disasters,” Fidélis Magalhães, Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, said recently.
The Council of Ministers had chosen two sites for the construction of the CAMF, namely Manleuana and Metinaro.
Journalist: Domingos Piedade Freitas
Editor: Maria Auxiliadora
Translation: Filomeno Martins
Editor: Nelia Borges Rosario