Holders of an American Pacific Ocean occupied by Super Typhoon Yutu are hoping for help from the federal government as…
Holders of an American Pacific Ocean occupied by Super Typhoon Yutu are hoping for help from the federal government as they dig out of injuries including crumbling concrete houses, crushed cars and fallen toolbars.
Used to ride out monster storms, about 50,000 people living in the US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands expect to be without electricity and running water for several months after fighting for the strongest storm to hit the United States this year .
Officials toured villages in Saipan and saw cars crushed under a collapsed garage, ground the ground cleaned by vegetation and people injured by spraying glass and other debris. From Friday local time there was a storm-related death confirmed.
A military plan was to feed food, water, tar and other necessities, said the US Federal Crisis Management Office spokesman David Gervino.
The agency already had significant water and food on site because it had stored more than 220,000 liters of water and 260,000 sustainable meals at a nearby Guam distribution center to prepare for Typhoon Mangkhut that hit last month.
Mangkhut effects were not found to be as bad as expected, so these deliveries are still available.
The agency aims to help restore power, open sea and air ports, and make sure the cell tower can operate on emergency power until the tool returns, “Gervino said.
A change The agency that was adopted because of Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm that hit Puerto Rico last year, has created workforces to address various areas such as transport, communications, food and water and energy and fuel.
Professionals and Territory officials are in constant communication to address each of these areas, he said.
Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, the area’s delegate to Congress, said that residents will need significant help to recover. Colleagues in Congress have offered support.
“We want people to remember that we are Americans and we exist,” says local lawyer Edwin Propst.
The maximum sustainable wind at 1
80 km / h (290 km / h) was recorded around the storm’s eye, which crossed the islands of Tinian and Saipan early Thursday, said National Weather Service.
A 44-year-old woman who took shelter in a deserted building died when it collapsed in the storm, said the governor’s Facebook page. Officials could not be reached immediately for further details.
The hospital’s only hospital in Saipan, the most populated island, said it had 133 people in the emergency room on Thursday and three patients had serious injuries that needed surgery.
Residents “remained stoic and smiling still and they were only grateful to be alive,” said Propst, a member of the Territory’s House of Representatives.
Sablan said that most of the structures in the southern part of Saipan lost their roofs and many, including a high school, were “completely destroyed”.
“This damage is just terrible, it will take months and months for us to recover,” he said by telephone.
Even the plants were broken: “There are no bushes, they are all gone. There are no leaves.”
On the smaller island of Tinian, who took a direct hit, most of the houses were destroyed, and even some concrete pieces were lowered to walls, said resident Juanita Mendiola.
“We had to hide in the bathroom because the house felt it would blow together,” she said. “It shook literally – a concrete house shook.”
The storm pulled a door of the hinges and threw it over 100 meters away in a pig star, she said.
More than 800 people were in shelters over territory, and space was over, officials said. Electricity and running water will close on Wednesday, residents said. Cell phone coverage was spotty.
Nadine Deleon Guerrero, a spokesman for the area’s emergency management department, said that the entire Saipan (population 50,000) and Tinian (population 3,000) islands had no right of use.
The crew still estimated how long it will take to restore electricity, she said.
Commercial flights will not work for some time, she said. Terminals, asphalt, landing and equipment led to all damage.
Saipan hospitals run on backup generators but otherwise work normally, says Esther Lizama Muna, CEO of Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. She said she expects more patients to seek medical help on Friday and worried that they could get out of medical supplies.
“From my experience of former typhoons, people tend to wait to take care of their health when focusing on their homes and others,” Muna said. “So we expect more damage trickling in.”
A health center at Tinian, which was damaged but worked normally.
The island’s emergency management agency said it was trying to clear roads so that the first respondents could help residents who lost their homes and people could get care and lead to protection.
“At the top it saw that many trains ran constantly,” said Glen Hunter, a settler in a Facebook message. “At its peak, the wind was constant and the sound was scary.”
Hunter said he did not expect to get back the power for months and reminded how it took four months to recover electricity after typhoon Soudelor 2015.
The recovery efforts on Saipan and Tinian will be slow, says Brandon Aydlett, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
“This is the worst scenario. That’s why the building codes in Marianas are so tough, he says.” This will be the storm that sets the scale for what future storms are being compared. “
Propst, the team champion, said he has lived through dozens of typhoons, but “this is the first time I feared for my life. “
He, his wife and their four children huddled in a bedroom as the storm hit storm cages from the window in its concrete home, split a sliding door and flooded the floors.
Some poor families can not afford housing that conforms to building codes, says Propst. Some build houses with concrete foundation and walls, but have wood and firing roofs.
Amber Alberts said she felt like “one of the lucky ones” after shoving the storm in the kitchen in her apartment. “My place is good, my car is good, “she said Friday when she sat down to find ways to help.