U.S. President Joe Biden approved an emergency declaration for the CNMI as Typhoon Mawar intensifies and nears the Marianas.

According to The White House, Biden "ordered Federal assistance to supplement Commonwealth and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Typhoon Mawar..."

The president authorized the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency to facilitate disaster relief efforts across the CNMI. That aid includes public assistance direct federal funding at 75 percent for emergency protective measures.

In a separate statement, CNMI Governor Arnold Palacios said, “The presidential declaration expands the ongoing recovery efforts in response to Typhoon Mawar, including the deployment of additional resources to Rota, which is located in a more direct path of the storm.”

Benigno B. Ruiz of FEMA was appointed to coordinate the recovery efforts.