18 Jun 2019

FEMA to build typhoon-resistant homes in Northern Marianas

3:50 pm on 18 June 2019

Nearly eight months after Super Typhoon Yutu decimated hundreds of homes in the Northern Marianas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is set to start a permanent housing construction programme.

FEMA rebuild on Saipan after Typhoon Yutu

Photo: Mark Rabago

A total of 225 eligible households plan to avail of the program - 212 on Saipan and 13 on Tinian - that would be typhoon-resistant houses of either one, two, or three bedrooms and a water catchment system.

FEMA has hired a contractor from the mainland to spearhead the construction programme, which has a deadline of 120 days.

The contractor has also been asked to use local workers as much as possible.

Another 478 households have already received over $8,000 in repair money from FEMA.

FEMA rebuild on Saipan

Photo: Mark Rabago

A FEMA tent on Saipan

A FEMA tent on Saipan Photo: Mark Rabago

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