19 Nov 2013

Clean-up effort in Palau continues, two weeks after Haiyan

4:21 pm on 19 November 2013

The clean-up continues in Palau after super typhoon Haiyan hit the country's northern states with winds of more than 300 kilometres an hour two weeks ago.

The state of emergency declaration by President Tommy Remengesau expired yesterday, but the national emergency committee continues to help those whose homes were destroyed.

The first assistant to the President, Keobel Sakuma says 90 percent of water and power has been restored in the most populated areas.

Mr Sakuma says the northernmost island is still without many basic services.

"Kayangel is still without electricity all the electric infrasture is down.The issue with Kayangel is with water is that the storm surge compromised the water lense which was used to pump water to the communities, so water has to be imported there now."

Keobel Sakuma says the recovery effort has been made more difficult by the remoteness of some of the outer islands.