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Relief goods distributed at Garapan Fishing Base

THE CNMI government, through the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs, held its final distribution of relief goods at the Garapan Fishing Base on Friday and Saturday.

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Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Secretary Robert Hunter helps distribute relief goods at the Garapan Fishing Base on Friday.
Carolinian Affairs Office Executive Assistant John Tagabuel and staff distribute relief goods at the Garapan Fishing Base on Friday.
A long line of vehicles is seen on Friday at the Garapan Fishing Base during the distribution of relief goods.  Photos by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

DCCA Secretary Robert Hunter said they gave away 2-gallon refillable water containers, infant kits containing diapers and baby wipes, geriatric cots, kitchenware sets, personal hygiene kits and meals-ready-to-eat.

The Lady Diann Torres Foundation also distributed relief goods and supplies donated by former CNMI residents who now live in the U.S.

In an interview, Hunter said they have been distributing relief  goods for the past three months.

He said more relief goods are arriving, and non-profit organizations will help distribute them.

“I think at this point, people need to go back to their jobs,” Hunter said, referring to government employees who have been tasked to distribute relief goods.

As for at the Kagman Emergency Shelter Facility, which used to have 297 shelterees, Hunter said about 90 individuals are still there.

The other shelters, including the TSL Sports Complex in Gualo Rai, have all been “cleared.”

By next week, Hunter said they expect the number of occupants at Kagman to decrease to 50 or 60.

“The shelter population is going down a lot faster than we expected. At this point, we thought we would still have 200,” he  added.

He said some of those who are still at the Kagman shelter have medical conditions. Others have lost their houses and still others still have no power in their homes.