18 May 2015

Guam and Rota residents start recovery after Dolphin

1:29 pm on 18 May 2015

Typhoon Dolphin has unroofed several houses and downed power poles and trees in the Northern Marianas island of Rota, while hundreds have remained in shelters in Guam since the weekend.

Rota now has 90 percent of its power restored, while the Rota Mayor, Efrain Atalig, says he is thankful there were no casualties or injuries.

However, a senator, Teresita Santos, says a state of disaster should be declared, as there has been extensive damage and people will need time to rebuild.

Roads, the airport and seaport have been cleared of debris.

80 percent of power has been restored on Guam, while residents are being asked to conserve water.

The islands were spared a direct hit from Dolphin, and the National Weather Station in Guam reports the eye of Dolphin was located 800 kilometres northwest of Saipan, and had sustained winds of 250 kilometres per hour.

Damage on Saipan, CNMI.

Workers clear trees on Saipan following typhoon Dolphin. Photo: Supplied