Dili, April 8th, 2021 His Excellency the Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak, said that Timor-Leste is currently facing two difficult situations: one is the COVID-19 pandemic and the other is the natural disaster that struck Timor-Leste on April 04, causing damage to the public and private infrastructures, killing 37 people and displacing many people, forcing them to move temporarily to the 12 safe places of temporary shelter in the capital, Díli.
Faced with this situation, the Head of Government called on all people to put aside existing differences and together help citizens, especially those affected by this natural disaster.
“I would like to appeal to all international partners here in Timor-Leste, to the entire community, to jointly put aside our differences and care for our citizens, because no person, no politician, here in Timor-Leste, benefits from the natural disasters that affect our country, not even the Prime Minister, the Speaker of the National Parliament or the President of the Republic. These natural disasters affect everyone. So now is not the time for us to make competition. It is time, with humility, to pay our respects to our dead and to the suffering of the people, and to put all our capacity at their service,” the Head of Government appealed.
Furthermore, the Head of Government added that, in difficult moments such as this, all Timorese should seek to safeguard the lives of citizens, instead of taking advantage of these situations to take political advantage.
“I have dedicated my entire life to this people, and I would like all Timorese to follow the examples of Timor’s history, giving ourselves to save the lives of citizens, instead of taking advantage of these situations for political advantage. When we do this, we demean ourselves too much, and the Timorese do not deserve this. The Timorese are a fighting people, a guerrilla people. The Timorese, in difficult moments, become more united and stronger, so, on behalf of the people and the Government, I would like to thank the international community“, said the Prime Minister.
On Sunday, April 4th, Tropical Cyclone Seroja hit Timor-Leste, causing heavy rain and strong wind, resulting in landslides and flooding in the capital, Dili, and other areas of the territory, causing much damage to public and private infrastructures, such as bridges, roads, and homes. It also caused the death of 42 victims [data from the Council of Ministers] and many displaced people, who are now in 12 temporary accommodation centers, in Dili. END/M-PMO