UN Agencies Provide Essential Services to Flood Victims in Timor Leste

    Wahyu Dwi Anggoro - 07 April 2021 10:24 WIB
    UN Agencies Provide Essential Services to Flood Victims in Timor Leste
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    Dili: The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has joined other UN agencies to provide essential services and relief items to flood victims in Timor-Leste.

    According to the Timor-Leste government, this is the worst floods the country has experienced in 40 years.

    Heavy rains in Timor-Leste over the weekend left at least 32 people dead, over 10,000 people homeless and countless missing.

    The floods left the presidential palace water-logged, most roads in Dili inaccessible, and power supply cut off.

    "United Nations in collaboration with the Government of Timor-Leste coordinated an emergency response and assessment of needs for the worst flooding the country has witnessed recently," stated the UNFPA in a press release issued on Tuesday.

    UNFPA donated hygiene and sanitary items like sanitary napkins in one set known as ‘Dignity Kits’. The kits also contain other items to meet the needs of women and girls of reproductive age. For example, soap, sanitary materials, toothbrushes and toothpaste to support most vulnerable in the evacuation centers. The items help support the safety of women and girls during displacement.

    UNFPA in collaboration with the Ministry of Health also facilitated transportation of midwives from health centres to evacuation centers to support delivery of essential services to pregnant women --providing mobile maternity clinics and basic materials to expectant mothers in identified facilities.


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