SEPS appreciates partners’ contribution on Cyclone Seroja responds in TL

SEPS appreciates partners’ contribution on Cyclone Seroja responds in TL

ecretary of State for Civil Protection (SEPC) Joaquim Gusmão Martins

DILI, 05 april 2022 (TATOLI) – The Secretary of State for Civil Protection (SEPS) appreciates the assistance of international and national partners who have been supporting Timor-Leste (TL) after being the country hit by Tropical Cyclone on last 04 april 2021.

“Partners have always been very supportive, we need them and they have always been with us,” said The Secretary of State for Civic Protection Joaquim José Gusmão Dos Reis Martins after attending a Mass on commemorating one year floods devastation at São José Aimutin Parish this monday.

Mr. Joaquim Gusmão also thanked the support from Embassies, local and international NGO.  The assistance was provided not only in dealing with the disaster.  The financial and technical support also provided for country recovery after the disaster.

It is known that SEPS has received support from the United Nations, European Union, Australian Government, Australian Aid, Caritas Australia, USAID, CVTL, JICA, KOICA, Plan International, Care International, OXFAM, Child Fund, and World Vision.

The Mercy Corps, Raes Hadomi Timor Oan, Catholic Relief Services, Nabilan, Peace Winds Japan, ADRA, PARTISIPA, Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP). “There is also an embassy here and international and national partners that I cannot mention one by one. As for the others, they always support our private sector,” he said.

In june 2021, the Government, together with its humanitarian partners, officially launched a Joint Appeal to address the remaining humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable people affected and assist the early recovery efforts in Timor-Leste.

The financial response required for emergency needs is 8.8 USD million and 23.9 USD for short-term needs. The total amount of 32.7 million, their fund is directly benefited to help 65,000 people and indirectly benefit flood-affected residents. In addition, the government of Timor-Leste also allocated 245 USD million to support recovery in flood-risk areas, in 2021.

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Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Rafy Belo


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