Australia Ready to Provide Emergency Aid to East Timor

Australia is on standby to offer emergency aid to East Timor after the worst floods in 40 years have ravaged the island country and left at least 34 dead and thousands displaced. The natural disaster comes as East Timor prepares for its rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine after receiving its first batch on April 5. “We stand ready to assist the government and people of Timor-Leste (East Timor) in response to further requests for assistance,” a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) official told AAP on April 5. “Australia and NGO (non-governmental organisation) partners on the ground to whom we provide funding have given support to evacuation centres.” “We are supporting access to clean water for the centres through our existing development program.” Torrential rains from Tropical Cyclone Seroja has brought flash floods, landslides, and strong winds to the southern Indonesian archipelago, with the total death toll in the region …

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