Disaster status renewed in CNMI, 3 months after Soudelor

8:57 pm on 4 November 2015

The acting governor of the Northern Marianas has again extended a state of disaster in the territory three months after Typhoon Soudelor caused extensive damage.

An aerial view of Saipan after Typhoon Soudelor.

An aerial view of Saipan after Typhoon Soudelor. Photo: Facebook

Ralph Torres signed an executive order to extend the declaration for a third time today, citing the fact that full utility services and other critical infrastructure has not yet been fully restored.

Our correspondent in the CNMI, Mark Rabago, says power has only been restored to only about 90 percent of the main island, Saipan.

He says a shortage of labour has slowed the return to normality .

"They have the money from the [Federal Emergency Management Authority] to buy the materials, but there's just a general lack of workers to work on their houses if you have a house that was destroyed because of Soudelor. So that's one of the reasons why the process has been a long drawn-out process."

Mark Rabago says the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation hopes to have a full power supply restored within weeks.

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