8 Apr 2015

Yap State unsure if typhoon aid has reached all

7:52 pm on 8 April 2015

The Lieutenant Governor of the state of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia says he has no idea whether aid has reached all the people who need it, more than a week after typhoon Maysak.

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

James Yangetmai says the category five typhoon devastated the atolls of Ulithi, Fais and Faraulep, destroying infrastructure and crops, and contaminating water supplies.

He says authorities have been busy distributing food, water and other relief supplies by boat to the outer islands, but until full assessments have been carried out, they're not sure if it's reaching everyone who needs it.

"There were some food items that were shipped out, as to whether they've reached everyone on the island I'm not sure. Hopefully when we're on the ground next week we'll find out more information."

James Yangetmai says the supplies stored on Yap are starting to run out and FSM is starting to rely on foreign shipments to send to the affected islands.

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