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Federated State of Micronesia in a State of Emergency


The States of Chuuk and Yap are left devastated by the super typhoon Maysak that struck the atolls last week which has placed thousands of people in dire need of food, water and shelter.

Maysak stormed through the two states of FSM Chuuk and Yak killing five people and causing about 80% of damages to homes and infrastructure.

The Governors of the two states have declared a state of emergency.

“People are spread across the many small islands which are hundreds of kilometres apart”, said the North Pacific representative for the International Federation of Red Cross, Mrs Victoria Bannon.

She told the Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat that a major challenge that stands is acquiring accurate information of the total people affected by the typhoon; and that they’re keeping together information from all kinds of sources from radio communications to social media.

According to Mrs Bannon, 60 to 80% of homes have been destroyed and in some areas the destruction has reached 90%, especially in the more remote locations.  

So far the death toll reported to the Red Cross still remains as five.


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