Flood-hit Timor Leste gets Australia help

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Australia is providing immediate support to Timor-Leste after its capital and other parts of the country were struck by devastating floods.

Up to 21 people are reported to have died and there has been significant damage to infrastructure after a landslide hit the capital, Dili.

Low-lying suburbs have been evacuated.

Indonesia's weather agency says a cyclone that hit the Savu Sea southwest of Timor island in the early hours of Monday could bring yet more rain, waves and winds.

"We stand ready to assist the government and people of Timor-Leste in response to further requests for assistance," a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade official told AAP on Monday.

"Australia and NGO (non-governmental organisation) partners on the ground to whom we provide funding have given support to evacuation centres.

"We are supporting access to clean water for the centres through our existing development program."

Australia's Defence Cooperation Program has provided emergency back-up power for the Timor-Leste Integrated COVID Crisis Centre, the official said.

Labor spokesman for the Pacific, Pat Conroy, hopes the government responds to all requests for assistance from the Timor Leste Government.

"There is a clear need for an emergency response," he told AAP.