Dili, April 7th, 2021 – His Excellency the Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak, explained that he has already given guidance to the line ministries to form two intervention groups one group to focus on interventions on damage to infrastructure and another group to support communities affected by the impact of tropical cyclone Seroja, which hit Timor-Leste on April 4, and caused flooding throughout the city of Dili and in various parts of the country, causing major damage to public and private infrastructure, including 27 deaths and many displaced persons, now in 12 accommodation sites for displaced persons in the capital, Dili.
In the sector of infrastructures, the intervention group, led by the Vice-Prime Minister, José Reis, and by the Minister of Public Works, Salvador Soares dos Reis, will identify the existing damages, in order to develop a plan for emergency intervention that can normalize the damaged roads and so that normal movement can be resumed.
As for the social areas, the group will be led by the Minister of State Administration, Miguel Pereira de Carvalho, and by the Secretary of State for Civil Protection, Joaquim José Gusmão dos Reis Martins, to provide emergency support to the affected populations, especially to those who lost their homes that are now in 12 temporary shelter centers in the Díli municipality.
“Right now, the Government is forming two groups: a group led by the Minister of State Administration, together with Civil Protection, to support the affected populations, who were evacuated into 19 places, in Dili. They will see how these people can have access to hot and cold food, how we can do the cleaning, which places can be used for those who lost their houses, to stay temporarily, and how we can help those who still have houses in good conditions.
Regarding the infrastructure, H.E. the Vice-Prime Minister, and the Minister of Public Works are responsible for the recovery. Last year, the floods attacked us from one side, and we managed to do some things, reducing the risk, but this year we were attacked almost everywhere in Dili. To this place (the Taibessi bridge) I have come twice because I am very worried because this bridge is no good, that’s why the Vice-Prime Minister is here”, explained the Head of Government. END/M-PMO