- The 2015/2016 El Niño has peaked with a return to neutral conditions expected during the second quarter of 2016. The after-effects on people and their livelihood are critical.
- At the latest HCT meeting held on 1st April 2016 in Dili, Ministry of Interior/WFP, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries/FAO, and the Humanitarian Partnership (HPA) presented the results from recently completed Assessments, which highlighted the problems, including: water shortage, food insecurity, health, livelihoods, and others.
- 120,000 people are severely affected in the 5 worst affected municipalities, where the total population is 400,000. The number of affected people is likely to increase without timely assistance.
- The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Environment has procured 9,000 tons of rice to respond to food shortage.
- The Government has identified 6-7 warehouses in the most affected areas, which will be stocked with food supplies through a coordinated approach by 10 Government Ministries, led by Ministry of Interior.
- Overall funding requirements for the response is estimated at USD 25 million