Tents for CNMI residents displaced by Typhoon Mangkhut

6:49 pm on 21 September 2018

The local chapter of the Red Cross has erected tents on the Northern Marianas island of Rota for residents who were displaced by last week's Typhoon Mangkhut.

Donation drive supplies being offloaded in Rota

Donation drive supplies being offloaded in Rota Photo: RNZ Pacific/ Mark Rabago

The aid organisation has set up a total of 13 large tents for families, with plans to erect six more in the next day.

A new shipment of aid has also reached Rota's shores and is being distributed.

The supplies include food, water, portable stoves and gas, fans, clothing, school supplies and toiletries.

The Red Cross said monetary donations have also been collected and will be disbursed shortly to families most in need.

CNMI warned of approaching tropical storm conditions

Meanwhile, the Northern Marianas is being warned of tropical storm conditions over the next 12 to 24 hours.

Governor Ralph Torres has placed the islands of Saipan, Tinian and Rota in Tropical Storm Condition III.

FEMA-issued temporary tents.

FEMA-issued temporary tents. Photo: RNZ Pacific/ Mark Rabago

This means conditions including damaging winds of over 62 kilometres are expected.

The tropical storm is forecast to intensify over the next few days.