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Rota took a beating from Mangkhut

Posted: Sep 11, 2018 7:40 AM +10:00 Updated:

Our friends to north took a major beating from Typhoon Mangkhut, Rota in particular, which took a direct hit. Monday evening KUAM News spoke with with CNMI Governor Ralph Torres' Press Secretary Kevin Bautista and CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management Public Information Officer Nadine Deleon Guerrero.

DeLeon Guerrero says they have a team of emergency planners in Rota now which has been feeding pictures and videos back to them in Saipan. She says the videos and pictures keep getting worse and worse, saying, "Currently, Rota has lost power to the entire island so we have not communicated with our Rota representative as of now. I did try to get some updates before press time but they were not reachable.

"So we're hoping the passage of the storm to make its way and get the kind of assessment going as far as what the damage is like and do what we need to do as far as recovery and relief efforts."

In Tinian, three of the four feeder lines went down and in Saipan they are similarly experiencing problems with power. Bautista adds that discussions are already underway with the White House for an emergency declaration to be declared for the CNMI. Additionally, Governor Torres, who took the lead in the 2015 Typhoon Soudelor's recovery effort is already actively preparing for the recovery effort.

"Governor Torres will confer a cabinet meeting tomorrow - upon the all-clear given by EOC right now the meeting its to ensure there's a proper allocation and distribution f government resources to effectively plan out debris removal, crisis action plan, relief and recovery efforts for all three islands Rota being the most critical priority for the commonwealth, for the governor  as well as the CNMI Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management; right now, all eyes are on that specific spot," Bautista explained.

A team of federal officials including FEMA is already on the ground in Saipan, as well as military partners such as the 31st Marines Expeditionary Unit which arrived today to assist with humanitarian relief and recovery efforts. 

Bautista and Deleon Guerrero also thank CNMI residents for heeding the advisories and ask that if they are in need of assistance to contact the CNMI homeland security and emergency management office. They also thank their partners in Guam.

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