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Australia steps up support for flood-hit Timor-Leste with $7 million relief package

Australia has responded to a request for help from the government of Timor-Leste with a $7 million relief package to support 100,000 people affected by flooding.

The assistance follows the immediate support Australia provided in the capital Dili to people sheltering in evacuation centres after a devastating Easter weekend deluge, a statement from Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne and International Development Minister Zed Seselja said on Sunday.

Immediate support from Australia after the flood included restoring power to the country’s COVID-19 crisis and treatment centres, and police facilities.

The extra $7 million in emergency relief will cover provision of personal protective equipment, which has dwindled due to flooding, temporary shelter and critical household items.

Funds will also go to the Timorese and Australian Red Cross and other non-governmental organisations to help in flood-recovery efforts, and to the World Food Programme to address food-supply shortages.

East Timorese military personnel clean up the mud outside the presidential office in the aftermath of floods in Dili, East Timor, also known as Timor Leste.

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The Australian government is also helping Timor-Leste respond to its COVID-19 vaccine needs as part of a multi-million dollar vaccine initiative for the Pacific and Southeast Asia.

Australia is involved in securing vaccines for developing countries, including through an $80 million contribution to the international COVAX Facility Advance Market Commitment.

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