Work begins to restore Saipan's power network

5:27 pm on 17 August 2015

The Northern Marianas' Governor's office says work has begun to reconnect electricity on Saipan after Typhoon Soudelor battered the island and destroyed its power grid.

Damage on Saipan in CNMI from Typhoon Soudelor

A snapped power pole on Saipan. Photo: Facebook

Almost 400 power poles were brought down by the typhoon when it hit on August 2nd, leaving the entire island without power.

Residents have since been relying on generators provided by the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Governor's spokesman says power poles are due to arrive on island in about a week's time while line men from around the region have arrived to help reconstruction.

Ivan Blanco says the power outage is expected to last another 1 to 2 months, but for now, the island will continue to rely on generators.

"The FEMA generators are generating the water wells from the different locations on Saipan. The hospital power feeder to the hospital is on line it's not on generator anymore. All recovery efforts are in full-force at the moment."

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