20 May 2015

UNICEF delivers critical aid to Chuuk

9:40 pm on 20 May 2015

The United Nations Children's Fund has delivered materials for the victims of Typhoon Maysak which hit the Federated States of Micronesia in late March.

Damage caused by Typhoon Maysak in Ulithi, Yap, Federated States of Micronesia

Damage caused by Typhoon Maysak in Ulithi, Yap, Federated States of Micronesia Photo: Brad Holland / FSM Office of Environment and Emergency Management

UNICEF has given child vitamin supplements, oral rehydration solution and a water quality testing kit to the Chuuk Department of Health to help children affected by the storm.

The agency says the portable water quality testing kit is state of the art and can be used to conduct three kinds of tests to know whether water is safe to drink.

Around 30-thousand people have been directly affected by Cyclone Maysak, with 90 percent of food crops in Yap and Chuuk destroyed and 281 homes destroyed.

Five people died as a result of the typhoon.

It is estimated $7.5 million US dollars will be needed for ongoing relief support and US$8.5 million for the longer term reconstruction effort.

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