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Govt discusses SoSCP’s preparation on impacts of heavy rain and flash floods

Govt discusses SoSCP’s preparation on impacts of heavy rain and flash floods

Flood-affected families are temporarily staying at the office of the Secretary of State for Civil Protection in Caicoli, Dili

DILI, 11 january 2024 (TATOLI) – The Government of Timor-Leste, through the Council of Ministers, discussed on wednesday the preparation of the Secretary of State for Civil Protection (SoSCP) on the impacts of the heavy rains that affected infrastructure, homes, and communities in various regions of the country on tuesday afternoon.

During the meeting, the authorities’ emergency response was also assessed, as well as the measures needed to prevent risks and minimize the future impacts of flooding.

More than 130 people have been ordered to evacuate their homes after flooding inundated parts of Dili on tuesday. The flood-affected families are currently staying at the SEPS Office in Dili.

Yesterday’s heavy rains caused several roads in the capital Dili to be submerged by floods, including the homes of 132 victims who had been evacuated with the support of the Secretary of State for Civil Protection (SEPS).

Of the 132 victims affected by the floods, 76 are children, including six pregnant women, and five elderly people.

According to SoSCP, several areas in Dili have been flooded following the Tuesday’s heavy rain, namely Caicoli, Mascarinhas, Golgota, Aimutin, Fatuhada, Becora, Beccuse, Bairopite, Surikmas, Hera, and Metinaro.

To respond to this issue, SEPS has immediately mobilized its teams to distribute emergency relief (sleeping mattresses, blankets, clothes, food, etc.) to affected families.

On the same day, SoSCP also recorded two damaged houses in the municipalities of Ermera and Covalima following the tuesday’s heavy rain. 

 

Journalist: Camilio de Sousa

Editor: Filomeno Martins

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