Guam - Mother Nature has spared Palau from experiencing a direct
hit from Typhoon Bopha. According to Oceania TV the storm which was expected to
over the weekend veered 50 miles south of Koror. We spoke with the Palau government's minister of
state Victor Yano who said assessments are still being conducted.
"Not a lot of damage except for the power lines and the
trees. The VP who is the chairman of the National emergency committee and he
got all the government officials in charge of emergency response and they'll
have a meeting at the airport and decide what to do but until that time its
just a prelim assessment. We don't have any reports from the south which we
think was flooded, we hear there was a flood in Pelelui but to what extent we
don't know and that's why we want to have this meeting and get our heads
together and put out a report that we can tell the public and ask for
assistance," he said.
Oceania TV reports that communications have been difficult as
parts of Palau
are without phone and power. The news
station has also received reports of several homes on Palau's largest
islands of Babeldoab have been destroyed.