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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Indonesia - Timor-Leste

05 Apr 2021


Torrential rains have caused the worst flooding in recent years in Timor-Leste. © WFP/Machel Silveira

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 5 April 2021


At least 75 people have died, 70 are missing and 35 have been injured following heavy rains and flash floods in Indonesia. The figures will likely change as rapid assessments continue.

Indonesia’s southern-most province of East Nusa Tenggara experienced heavy rains and strong winds due to tropical cyclone Seroja. The storm triggered flash floods in Adonara Island, East Flores Regency, causing 44 deaths and leaving tens of people missing or injured. At least 256 people have been evacuated.

Floods are also reported in other regencies, with waves up to 6 metres high reported along the southern coasts of Timor Island.

In the province of West Nusa Tenggara, more than 25,750 people are reported to be directly affected by flooding, according to local government sources.

Many roads are cut off due to landslides, and electricity is interrupted in many areas.

Emergency response, including food, blankets and COVID-19 testing kits, is being provided by local, provincial and national governments, and non-governmental partners.

The Indonesian Red Cross has mobilized personnel to assist with evacuations, provide first aid services and assist with evacuation.

OCHA continues to monitor the situation. So far, there has been no official request for international assistance.



UN humanitarian agencies, in support of Government efforts, are addressing the life-saving needs of affected people, in particular women and children, in evacuation facilities in the capital, Dili, which is the worst affected by flooding.

As of today, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has delivered 125 dignity kits (sufficient for 125 households or 625 people) and UNICEF has delivered sanitary kits, tarpaulins, plastic mats and blankets.

The Government is leading the humanitarian response to affected people with support from humanitarian partners, including the identification and overall management of evacuation facilities and the evacuation and transportation of vulnerable groups to these facilities, removal of debris, provision of essential services to affected people, and rehabilitation of damaged infrastructure. The Ministry of Health is providing medical services in all evacuation facilities.

At least 21 people have lost their lives following heavy rains from 29 March to 4 April that caused flash floods and landslides across Timor-Leste.

According to preliminary official figures, more than 10,000 people have been affected across eight municipalities in Timor-Leste. More than 76 per cent of the affected are in Dili municipality.