A man and two old women having a walk around Santa's cruz, Dili, during the floods. Image TATOLI//António Gonçalves

DILI, 22 june 2021 (TATOLI) – Around 22.220 households affected by april flash floods had received flood relief, revealed The Secretary of State for Civil Protection, Joaquim José Gusmão dos Reis Martins.

The basic disaster supplies kit that had been distributed to the affected families included food items such as noodles, canned fish, biscuits, milk, rice, and cooking oil. SEPC also distributed the non-food items, namely sleeping mats, blankets, tarpaulin, cooking pots, frying pan, spoons, plates, and baskets.

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

The Secretary of State for Civil Protection, Joaquim José Gusmão dos Reis Martins, informed that around 7.987 households affected by the april flash flood had not received the emergency relief.

“We are running out of emergency relief supplies at our warehouse. So, we need to do our procurement of emergency relief supplies for those families that hadn’t received the emergency support,” Martins told reporters, in Dili, today.

Martins said efforts had been made to finalize the distribution of the emergency relief to those households that hadn’t received the support: “By the end of june, these 7.987 affected families will receive the disaster relief.”

“We have spent all of our 2021 Disaster Relief Emergency Fund. Currently, we are depending on the government’s 2021 contingency fund that had been approved recently by the National Parliament. SEPC’s proposal for emergency humanitarian assistance also had been approved by the Ministry of Finance. It means that we will distribute the emergency relief to these families soon,” said Martins.

He said the government was not only providing emergency relief to the flood-affected families, but also to those families who recently had their houses burnt down and destroyed by storms.

“Recently, some houses in Aileu and Same were burnt down, while in Ainaro some houses were destroyed due to the recent strong storms. So, these communities deserve the emergency relief as well,” said Martins.

Martins emphasized that: “Of the recently approved contingency fund, we requested around US$13 million for SEPC’s Disaster Relief Fund.”

According to SEPC’s latest data, around 30.207 households were affected by the april flash flood, including 24 deaths, and 14 victims were still missing.

Journalist: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Rafy Belo

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