Houses swept away in overflowing Comoro River in Dili. Credit: Dan Convoy

Timor-Leste and Indonesian Floods Emergency Appeal

Timor-Leste and Indonesia are facing a crisis, as intense floods and landslides leave thousands of people homeless.  

You can provide critical aid to communities in need during this difficult time.

More than 10,000 displaced

The floods have left thousands of people seeking urgent shelter, food and clean water. 

Aerial view of flood damage in Dili. Credit Machel Silveira CRS.
The flood waters destroyed roads in Dili, Timor Leste. Credit: Antonio Sampaioepa

COVID-19 on the rise

With thousands cramming into temporary shelters in Dili, there are fears COVID-19 transmission will increase.

On 4 April 2021, Tropical Cyclone Seroja struck Timor-Leste and eastern parts of Indonesia, triggering torrential rain and flash flooding. The floods swept away homes and destroyed roads, with parts of the Timor-Leste capital, Dili, now under water.  

At least 157 people in Timor-Leste and Indonesia have already lost their lives. The death toll is expected to rise, with information still filtering through from the more remote regions of Timor-Leste.   

Timor-Leste is already facing a COVID-19 crisis, with Dili under lockdown following a rise in locally acquired cases. Indonesia has also struggled to contain the spread of COVID-19, with over 1.5 million confirmed cases – the highest in South East Asia. The flood will heighten the risk of community transmission, with thousands of displaced residents forced to seek shelter together in close quarters inside evacuation centres.  

Approximately 13,000 people have been affected by the floods and landslides, including more than 10,000 in Timor-Leste. 

Your donation today will provide urgent, emergency support to communities in Timor-Leste and Indonesia devastated by the floods.  


Timor-Leste and Indonesia Facts

Timor-Leste is one of the least developed countries in our region, while Indonesia has the highest the number of COVID-19 cases in South East Asia. 

These floods will have a devastating impact on communities that are already facing the challenges of COVID-19 and extreme poverty. 


people in Timor-Leste and Indonesia displaced as a result of the floods

1.54 million

COVID-19 cases in Indonesia


of the population in Timor-Leste live below the national poverty line

Timor-Leste and Indonesia need your help

Flood waters destroy a suburb in Dili

Our humanitarian and church partners in Timor-Leste and Indonesia are currently monitoring and assessing the situation to determine how to best address the needs of affected communities.   

Food, clean waterhygiene kits and shelter are urgently needed in the wake of this emergency. There are also fears that people in vulnerable communities will contract waterborne diseases as a result of the floods.  

Our local partners in Timor-Leste and Indonesia are distributing food to communities affected by the floods. We are also providing blankets for pregnant women, people with disability, elderly people and children in Timor-Leste.

Your generous donation today means our partners on the ground can respond quickly and efficiently to help those impacted most by this disaster