Recovery efforts well underway in Saipan

9:23 am on 11 August 2015

The Emergency Management office of the CNMI says recovery efforts have progressed well in Saipan, in the wake of Typhoon Soudelor which battered the territory eight days ago.

The typhoon's sustained winds destroyed several hundred homes leaving many needing help.

Kevin Bautista from the Emergency Management office, says 90 percent of roadways have now been cleared of debris and a shipment of fuel is due next week.

Mr Bautista says over 25 percent of the island now has limited water capacity and that figure is increasing daily.

Damage on Saipan in CNMI from Typhoon Soudelor

Damage in CNMI from Typhoon Soudelor Photo: Facebook

More than 1300 residents have applied for federal relief assistance and a US Navy ship carrying substantial aid arrived in Saipan on the weekend.

Mr Bautista says there are currently about 541 displaced residents across nine shelters on the island.

"We are currently in the process of getting these residents in the shelters and those residents around the island to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in order to avail for individual assistance funding so that they can rebuild their homes and regain a sense of normalcy."

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