Humanitarian aid and disaster relief supplies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will help the people of Timor-Leste dealing with the impact of severe flooding and a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Aircrew on a Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules yesterday delivered 7.5 tonne of equipment and supplies to Dili, Air Component Commander Air Commodore Shaun Sexton said.

The relief supplies and PPE are part of $2 million in support to Timor-Leste announced recently by the Government.

"It is a difficult time for people in Timor-Leste who have been dealing with the impact of severe flooding while also experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases,’’ Air Commodore Sexton said.

"This is the second Hercules flight to Timor-Leste recently where we have delivered PPE which will be used by health workers treating patients. Unfortunately, some of Timor-Leste’s PPE supplies were damaged in the flooding and they needed more supplies as there has been also further spread of the virus,’’ Air Commodore Sexton said.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade arranged for the supplies following a request by the Government of Timor-Leste for assistance. 

The PPE includes hand sanitiser, goggles, biohazard waste bags, thermometers, gloves, gowns and surgical face masks.

The humanitarian aid and disaster relief supplies include solar lanterns, water purification tablets, water pumps, generators, family hygiene kits, and mother and infant kits.

Last month, an Air Force Boeing took PPE supplies to Papua New Guinea, which has also been experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases. 

Approved New Zealand Defence Force protocols have been followed during the contactless deliveries.

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