Díli, 28 May 2021, UNDP Timor-Leste has been collaborating with the Ministry of State Administration (MSA), the General Directorate of Statistics (GDS) and UNTL to implement the Household and Building Damage Assessment of Easter flood in Five (5) municipalities including Dili between May-June 2021. The assessment aims to identify the level of damage of buildings, resilience of buildings, the conditions and needs of floods-affected households in terms of livelihoods and access to services. The data collected will help informing the recovery strategy in Timor-Leste.
UNDP’s Socio-Economic and Livelihood expert, Ms. Dolgion Aldar said that, UNDP is conducting the HBDA in partnership with General Directorate of Statistics and UNTL has deployed in total 20 enumerators – 10 enumerators from General Directorate of Statistics and 10 enumerators from UNTL will conducted the survey. The objective of the assessment is to assess how the floods in Timor-Leste have affected populations in terms of housing and livelihoods. The specific objectives are:
1. Assess the level of damage to residential, commercial and residential/commercial buildings of flood affected households.
2. Assess the level of damage to different components of residential, commercial and residential/commercial to flood-affected households
3. Assess the conditions and needs of flood-affected households in terms of livelihoods
4. Assess the flood-affected communities’ perception about recovery.
Ministry of State Administration also saying via his official letter and by considering that on April 4, 2021, Timor-Leste was hit by tropical cyclone Serosa, which caused flooding, and landslide or landslip in Timor-Leste, which heavily affected the Dili municipality, the council of ministers approved the government resolution n.0 32/2021, of April 9, in which it declared State of Calamity.
The General Director of Statistics also gathering 20 enumerators were from GDS and UNTL, in which working on an activity Housing and Building Damage Assessment teams and by informing that, please go down to do data collection, you have to acts in a good manners so that populations in the respective enumeration areas can provide the data based on your needs. He also by adding that, please also follow the rules from World Health Organization and Ministry of Health by taking care of your health and people around you by utilizing personal protection equipment (PPE) and distancing 1 and half meters among people, so that we can preventing spreading of pandemic Covid-19 throughout Timor-Leste.
In the same occasion Director General of Statistics, Mr. Elias dos Santos Ferreira also by saying that, in Housing and Building Damage Assessment, GDS has supporting 10 field staffs, 1 Focal Point, several technical teams and tablets devices for installing an applications for HBDA survey, such as; Kobo ToolBox, MAPS.ME and so on. Mr. Ferreira further added that for conducting data collections in four municipalities, we have to selected enumerators that can speaks in a good dialect or mother tongue of the respective municipality that are going to assigned for, so that we can have a smooth interview during field work.
Four days to step into the implementation of data collections in the field, GDS has writing an official letter and presenting to Civil Protection and requested its data on those peoples where were affected after consequence of Easter flooding on 4th April 2021. Finally, those data really helpful on some way for HBDA survey teams to links maps with those affected population in the EA maps.
The HBDA data collections was held in 5 municipalities such; Dili, Baucau, Manatuto, Liquica and Ainaro. We requested 600 households or buildings in Dili municipality, 100 households or buildings in Manatuto, 50 households or buildings in Baucau, 50 households or buildings in Liquica, 50 households or buildings in Ainaro municipality.