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While many of us are in recovery mode and working to clean and fix our houses, those hit hardest by Typhoon Dolphin no longer have the luxury of returning to a place they can call home. The storm passed Guam early Saturday morning, and yet there are still hundreds of people staying in the island's emergency shelters.

Singeko Phillips has been at Astumbo Elementary School for four days, and said, "If it's not broken, I'm still at my house because I love my house." According to shelter officials, after Typhoon Dolphin passed, residents from the shelters slowly began heading home, but hundreds would return after realizing they had nothing to return to. "My house is broke down, that's why I 'm here," Phillips added.

In an attempt to consolidate efforts, roughly 500 shelterees were transferred to Astumbo Elementary School in Dededo on Saturday afternoon. But the constant shuffling left residents like Henry Meno frustrated. He told KUAM News, "These guys know we don't have power and water, so why put us here? Some parts of the school don't have power and water, some parts have."

Meno has been at the Dededo campus with his family of five since Saturday. "They moved us from Maria Ulloa because they're going to use that school, then they're going to move us again down south? Or down Tamuning and Agana," he said.

Meno said moving his family of four, and all their belongings, has been difficult. He along with the 500 remaining at the Astumbo shelter were bussed to temporary housing in Agana Heights, Tamuning, and Dededo on Sunday afternoon, in order to clear the schools to begin operations.

Superintendent Jon Fernandez said the situation is temporary and that several government departments, including the Department of Public Works, and village mayors are working together to find a permanent solution. "I thank Guam and the government, especially Astumbo, the volunteers, the people to assist us," he shared.

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