12 Nov 2013

Palau's President declares state of emergency following Haiyan

2:40 pm on 12 November 2013

Palau's president Tommy Remengesau has declared a state of emergency following the devastation caused by super typhoon Haiyan last week.

Hundreds of people are now living in temporary accommodation in the capital Koror after their homes were destroyed.

The first assistant to the President, Keobel Sakuma, says all of the northern states were severely hit by Haiyan which had winds of more than 300 kilometres an hour.

Mr Sakuma says some communities are still without water but 80 percent of power has been restored.

He says a state of emergency has been declared and the President has also signed a bill that has gone to Congress to appropriate 1.5 million US dollars of immediate funding for the recovery effort.

But Mr Sakuma says more assistance will be needed in the long term.

"And we are hoping for help from outside organisations like United Nations, charities and many of our partner nations in the UN and so that's the process right now that we are going through, contacting people, the US, Taiwan, Japan and asking for any type of assistance possible."

Keobel Sakuma says thankfully there was no loss of life during the storm.

He also says they should know the true cost of the damage from Haiyan by the end of this week.