Australian independent Santos has donated cash to the Red Cross in Timor-Leste to help with relief efforts following the devastating flooding caused by a deadly cyclone that battered the country and Indonesia early this month.
More than 150 people were killed and dozens are missing after tropical cyclone Seroja hit the two Southeast Asian nations last weekend.
Santos, which has operations in Timor-Leste, donated A$250,000 (US$191,000) to the Red Cross in the country to support the group’s emergency response to the crisis.
“Santos stands with the Timor-Leste community at this extremely difficult time,” said Santos chief executive Kevin Gallagher.
“There are more than 250 Timorese currently working directly supporting our Bayu-Undan activities onshore and offshore and in our Dili office.
“Some of our colleagues and their families have had their homes impacted or been affected in other ways by the floods and landslides.”
Gallagher said the cash would help provide emergency support for people in refuge centres in Dili, “providing shelter, blankets, food and basic medical care”.
Santos operates the Bayu-Undan gas field in the Timor Sea off Timor-Leste since 2020 having been a foundation partner since 2003.
Indonesia earlier this week said 130 people were killed on a cluster of remote islands near Timor-Leste, where as of early this week 27 people were known to have died.