PALIKIR, Pohnpei – Typhoon Wutip destroyed more than one hundred homes and heavily damaged major agricultural crops and public infrastructure in the Federated States of Micronesia, according to a joint damage assessment report released on Friday, April 12.
Initial estimates from the report, according to information from the FSM government, suggest that the supplemental disaster assistance cost for the area would exceed $2 million. Meanwhile, emergency needs and public infrastructure repairs would require at least $1 million each, according to the report.
The FSM national government is preparing to request U.S. President Donald J. Trump to make a presidential disaster declaration on behalf of the federated states to allow the government to access additional funding for those affected by the typhoon, according to the report.
The joint damage assessment team is composed of representatives from the FSM national and state governments, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The team conducted their assessment of Typhoon Wutip-related damage between March 18 and April 4, 2019.