On Pacific Beat with Mala Darmadi – The death toll from floods and landslides in eastern Indonesia and neighbouring Timor Leste has reached almost 100.
Officials say many people are still unaccounted for and thousands have been displaced after Cyclone Seroja swept through on the weekend.
In Timor Leste, at least 27 people have died while at least 70 deaths were reported in several Indonesian islands.
Timor Leste's consul general in Australia Celio Moniz has told the ABC that the capital Dili is the hardest hit area.
The United Nations' Resident Coordinator Roy Trivedy told Pacific Beat that just over 10,000 have been affected in 8 of the country's 13 municipalities.
"Literally every household, every street, across the whole of Dili and much of the country [have been affected]. We've seen infrastructure down, a lot of buildings down, lots of debris on the roads," Mr Trivedy said. "Literally every house has had so much water and now mud".
Flooding and mudslides have affected provinces to the west and south, and rescuers can't access some areas because roads have been cut off by mudslides, while power has been cut across the region.
The country was already in lockdown because of community transmission of COVID-19 and humanitarian officials fear the flood emergency is likely to worsen the outbreak.
"Where you have evacuation centres, it's very difficult to keep physical distancing so there is actually every possibility that you will have more spread of the COVID virus," Mr Trivedy said.
A plane carrying the country's first doses of COVID-19 vaccine landed yesterday in Dili but flooding destroyed a warehouse where they were to be stored.
"All the PPE equipment to government, that was partly flooded. The national labs which were doing the tested, also flooded and people have worked incredibly hard to get all of these things cleared for the first arrival of the vaccines," he said.
Australia's Opposition spokesman for International Development and the Pacific, Pat Conroy, told the ABC there was a "clear need for an emergency response" in Timor-Leste to help with the recovery.
"The (Australian) government needs to respond to any requests for assistance from Timor-Leste," he said. "We owe a debt of gratitude to the people of Timor-Leste that we can never fully repay."
The UN Resident Coordinator Roy Tivedy said that the Australian Ambassador to Timor Leste is "trying to find out exactly what the Timor Leste Government needs... and I know he has plans to reach out to Canberra to try and get additional assistance".
The Australian government has said it "stands ready" to help Timor-Leste after devastating floods hit the country, forcing thousands to take refuge and leaving at least 27 people dead.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said Australia's "thoughts and condolences" were with Timor-Leste.
"Australia and NGO partners on the ground to whom we provide funding have given support to evacuation centres. We are supporting access to clean water for the centres through our existing development program," a spokesman said in a statement.
"Our Defence Cooperation Program has provided emergency backup power for the Timor-Leste Integrated COVID Crisis Centre."
"We stand ready to assist the government and people of Timor-Leste in response to further requests for assistance."