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Timor-Leste Floods | Urgent call for assistance

Timor-Leste Floods | Urgent call for assistance
Jun 2021

In early April 2021, heavy rains across Timor-Leste associated with a tropical storm resulted in flash floods and landslides throughout the country. The tropical storm gained intensity and was upgraded to a category 1 cyclone named Seroja. On 8 April 2021, the Government declared a state of calamity in Dili and called for international assistance.

Rice and maize production was severely affected by the floods, landslides and strong winds, which completely destroyed some rice fields. Manatuto municipality was the most affected, particularly Laclo and Manatuto post-administratives. Irrigated agricultural land near rivers was washed away and irrigation infrastructures sustained extensive damages. The floods have worsened the situation for marginal farming households who had already lost significant assets and income as a result of multiple shocks.The incursion of the fall armyworm migratory pest into the country in February 2020 damaged 2 880 ha of maize, resulting in significant production losses. In addition, outbreaks of African swine fever has had devastating consequences on pig production across the country. 

In response to the situation, FAO requires USD 1.5 million to assist 27 500 people through July 2021–June 2022. FAO’s rapid interventions aim to rehabilitate water infrastructures and agricultural land prior to the main cropping season, which begins in December. Additionally, providing direct support to households will enable them to swiftly rebuild their agriculture-based livelihoods and improve their self-reliance, preventing the need for prolonged humanitarian assistance.


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