Coming rains threaten Timorese refugee camps

Posted at 7:53pm on 07 Nov 2006

The approaching rainy season is expected to
create a new crisis for the people of East Timor,
with 25,000 Timorese sheltering in 52 refugee camps across Dili.

Many of the refugees are still afraid to go home,
six months after violence first exploded across
the capital, despite the presence of international troops and police.

Authorities say Dili, which is built in a water
catchment area, will flood when the rain starts.
At least 11 of the camps are expected to be
inundated, creating breeding grounds for
mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria or cholera.

Copyright © 2006 Radio New Zealand

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