Madalena says the recent events count as the worst natural disaster she has ever experienced in her many years living in Dili municipality.
The floods and landslides come at a time when Timor-Leste grapples with a COVID-19 emergency.
Critical infrastructure to respond to the COVID outbreak has been damaged, including the national laboratory, the central medicine storage and quarantine facilities.
With children and families living in evacuation centres, there is also an increased risk of COVID transmission.
Erine Dijkstra, ChildFund Timor-Leste Country Director, says: “This is an emergency coming on top of an emergency. Affected families were already suffering economically from the lockdown since the beginning of March, and this disaster has added another level of hardship.
“With much of Dili under water, Timor-Leste is facing new and significant challenges in preventing further spread of the COVID-19 virus.”