Returns: On 11 December, 75 persons returned by air from Kupang to Dili. By road, 272 returned from Atambua to Batugade and 38 from Atambua to Suai. From Betun to Suai, 405 persons returned by truck. In Oekussi, 130 returnees crossed through Bobometo, 2 through Wini and 152 through Passabe. In secondary movements, 50 returnees travelled from Batugade to Dili and 19 to Liquica. 132 returnees were moved by Mi-8 helicopter from Dili to Same, and 58 to Atsabe. On 12 December, an IOM-chartered ferry transported 102 returnees from Kupang to Dili. In secondary movements, 18 returnees
moved from Dili to Manatuto, 30 to Aileu, and 73 to Ainaro. Today, eight trucks carried returnees from Atambua to Batugade in an IOM-organised convoy, and in a secondary movement 29 persons travelled from Dili to Manatuto. With the dedicated support of the INTERFET Civil Military Operations Centre (CMOC), the number of returnees awaiting secondary movement in Dili has been kept manageable. Currently, 230 persons remain at the Don Bosco transit centre in Dili awaiting secondary movement to Baucau, Los Palos, Viqueque and Ermera. The total number of returnees to East Timor is now 116,566.
Logistics: Today marks a milestone
in WFP helicopter operations with a cumulative 1,000 MTs of food and shelter
material delivered to villages throughout East Timor. Additionally, 1,500
passengers have also been transported and 10 medevac missions completed
by the WFP helicopter. Today, the WFP helicopter delivered 17 MTs of food
stuffs to the village of Fatululik in Suai district and 6.6 MTs to Samara
in Ermera district. With road conditions deteriorating as the rainy season
advances, demands for helicopter lift are expected to increase. In land
movements today, WFP trucks carried 30
MT of food to Maliana, 15 MT to Manatuto, and 15 MT to Liquica.
Shelter: The first shipment of shelter materials, principally cement, timber and nails, will arrive in Dili on 14 December. To reduce the impact on deteriorating roads, some materials will be moved by barges to landings at Suai, Com, Betano, and Oekussi for onward movement to distribution points.
Seeds: A UHP team travelled to Aileu to brief Falintil leaders on the corn seed distribution program, including technical detail on seed type and propagation. As several villagers in Aileu district had become ill after consuming rice seed intended for planting, attention was drawn by the team to earlier UN/NGO advice and the safety warnings on seed packages.
Health: WHO's weekly report (Week 48) noted that the measles outbreak continues with 16 cases reported in Ermera and 8 in Dili. In the 48 health facilities, 68 percent of the consultations concerned communicable diseases, with the commonest being suspected malaria and other fevers (35 percent).
West Timor: In Belu district, approximately 17,000 refugees are assessed as located in flood-prone areas. The southern areas of the district suffer serious flooding annually, and Indonesian local authorities have been requested by UN agencies to consider moving refugees to higher ground.
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