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Mayor: Please help Rota

ROTA Mayor Efraim Atalig is asking the people of the Commonwealth to come together and help the island recover from Typhoon Mangkhut.

“I humbly ask our people to join me first in giving thanks to our Lord that no one got hurt during and immediately after the devastation,” he said. Mangkhut hit Rota on Monday.

Efraim Atalig

He said preliminary assessments show that the typhoon damaged residential and government properties as well as vegetation and resulted in the loss of power.

On Wednesday, power at the Rota Health Center and in some parts of Songsong had been restored, Atalig said, as he thanked personnel from the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. “and all the hard-working men and women who are trying to restore services on our island.”

Atalig said representatives from U.S. Department of Agriculture are on their way to Rota to help farmers obtain assistance.

The mayor also thanked Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres for making a timely request for a declaration of a state of emergency that President Trump readily approved.

Atalig said his office is working with the governor, the central government, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross, and the U.S. military in the relief efforts.

“We are asking for the public’s patience and support as we try to secure federal funds to repair our island infrastructure and other damage caused by this natural disaster.”

He said Rota residents should take photographs of their damaged property. “To ensure that you receive proper assistance, you must prepare evidence for documentation purposes — this will help ensure that you receive maximum federal support.”

For those who need assistance to remove debris from residential property, Atalig said his office is ready to respond. “Please call 532-9451 and our staff will help you.”

He  thanked those on his staff  who are at the emergency shelter to assist residents whose homes have been damaged by the typhoon.

“To my people of Rota I say we are a resilient community, and we can overcome this obstacle,” he said.

“Let us come together as an island community to support one another. Let’s show love and let us help in any way we can. We are Taotao Marianas, we are Taotao Luta, we are Gilitas. We will restore the beauty and friendliness of our island community that Rota is well known for.”