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Around 1,000 Palauans affected by Yutu in NMI

SAIPAN (Island Times) — Around 1,000 Palauans were affected by Super Typhoon Yutu that devastated Saipan and Tinian on Oct. 24-25.

Vice President Raynold Oilouch said the national government has received reports that most of the Palauans’ homes in the CNMI were damaged by the Category 5 typhoon — the most intense storm that hit the commonwealth with packed sustained winds of 180 mph.

Oilouch said some of the Palauan homes were destroyed while others were either partially or substantially damaged.

“There was a big destruction in the CNMI and the Palauan people in the CNMI need immediate assistance right now,” Oilouch said, adding that this prompted the national government to call for an immediate fundraising event.

The Palau government, through a public statement, urged Palauan citizens to show support to those who were affected by the super typhoon.

An emergency relief fundraiser was held on Nov. 2 in the Ministry of Education parking lot in Medalaii, Koror.

“It is with great sadness that we all have observed the terrible disaster in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands caused by Super Typhoon Yutu,” President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. said in a statement. 

“We have learned that many homes have been destroyed in Saipan and critical infrastructure has been compromised with no power and water at this time.”

Vice President Oilouch said Palau will provide workers including electricians that could help rebuild damaged infrastructure on Saipan.

“That is something that is being considered right now although the final decision has not been made because we still need to consult with the president and of course other leaders in the community,” Oilouch said.