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Jesuits in Timor-Leste respond to Easter Sunday flood crisis

Evacuation centres provide food, clothes and shelter for those temporarily displaced.

Jesuits in Timor-Leste have been responding to the widespread destruction of Tropical Cyclone Seroja, an Easter Sunday nightmare that brought flash flooding and left 42 people dead, including a Timorese teacher at the Jesuit Mission supported Loyola College.

With an estimated 14,000 people temporarily displaced, Jesuit Mission has sent funds to assist Jesuit Social Service, who supported communities in six informal evacuation centres in Hare and Dili, areas badly affected by the flood. 

“Evacuation centres include convents, parish halls a university and religious houses. Now that the rain has stopped, we can begin to clean up and plan long-term solutions for these families.”
Júlio Sousa SJ, Director of Jesuit Social Service Timor-Leste

With thanks to Jesuit Mission supporters, these long-term solutions include purchasing and providing mattresses, bed sheets, kitchen and cooking utensils for 100 households, approximately 1,000 people.

People walking through flood waters.
“If we have sufficient resources we will certainly extend our help to more households. At the moment we have distributed food items and clothes to over 500 people.”

The mass displacement and infrastructural damage caused by flooding waters and landslides additionally poses the threat of spreading COVID-19, with Dili municipality seeing a resurgence of new cases in recent months.

Jesuit Mission stands in solidarity with the devastated families in Timor-Leste and urges our supporters to keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

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Updated 29 April 2021

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