29 Oct 2018

Northern Marianas takes stock of typhoon damage

From , 4:05 pm on 29 October 2018

The scale of damage from powerful Typhoon Yutu in the Northern Marianas is slowly becoming more clear.

The US territory was directly hit by the category five storm on Thursday, with winds exceeding 350 kilometres an hour.

Authorities have confirmed the death of a 44-year-old woman, who died when a building collapsed on top of her during the typhoon.

Power remains largely out in the territory, and thousands of people have been forced to seek temporary shelter.

The territory embarked on a significant clean-up campaign at the weekend.

Our correspondent on Saipan, Mark Rabago, says it is now evident that Yutu is even more damaging than category 5 storm Soudelor that hit the Marianas in 2015.

Damage caused by Yutu

Damage caused by Yutu Photo: Mark Rabago