On April 5th the deadly Tropical Cyclone Seroja hit Indonesia and East Timor killing more than 150 people and causing devastating damage. The torrential rains produced by Tropical Cyclone Seroja triggered flash floods and landslides that washed out bridges, downed trees and left roads thick with mud, which complicated efforts by rescue crews to reach remote villages. In addition to more than 150 dead, many thousands more have been displaced after their homes were damaged or destroyed.
The city of Kupang itself was hard hit with extensive damage to government buildings, the university, and the Raja's palace complex.
The Raja is seeking assistance to repair damaged buildings, replace lost materials, and restore two destroyed generators.