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Typhoon Wutip updates in FSM: Joint Damage Assessment team activated, relief efforts ongoing

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — From March 18 to 22, 2019, the Department of Environment, Climate Change, and Emergency Management is working with Pohnpei state government, the United States government via the United States Agency for International Development, and the International Organization for Migration, to jointly and formally assess the damage caused in Pohnpei state by Typhoon Wutip.

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The Joint Damage Assessment team reviews Typhoon Wutip-related damage in Enipein, Kitti.
Micronesia Red Cross assists with readying relief supplies for the Caroline Voyager.  FSMIS photos

This assistance from the United States government comes in response to FSM President Peter M. Christian’s requesting such assistance after the March 11, 2019 amendment of the National Declaration of Emergency became a National Declaration of Disaster. One of the outcomes of the 7th Special Session of the 20th Congress of the FSM was to formally extend this declaration for an additional 60 days beyond its original 30- day duration.

Upon completion of the assessment in mainland Pohnpei State this week, the Joint Damage Assessment team will be traveling to the islands of Nukuoro and the Mortlocks and Pattiw Islands in Chuuk state to formally assess Typhoon Wutip-related damage.

Meanwhile, relief efforts to provide for the needs of the Nation’s affected citizens remain ongoing. On Saturday, March 16 2019, the Caroline Voyager departed Pohnpei for the islands in Chuuk state. Among its relief supplies include water, medicine, and assorted foodstuffs.

A cabinet meeting on March 20, 2019 also emphasized the FSM national government’s commitment to serving the citizens affected by this national disaster.

Marion Henry, secretary of the Department of Resources & Development, noted in the meeting that it has funds available for food security, including the distribution of planting materials of local food crops. The department will be collaborating with the Department of Environment, Climate Change, and Emergency Management and other FSM and partner agencies to assist with the recovery efforts.

The declarations of emergency by the governors of the states of Pohnpei, Yap, and Chuuk remain in effect. The FSM national government will continue to provide updates on Typhoon Wutip relief as information becomes available.