Typhoon Bopha UPDATE: Tidal Surge Causes Extensive Damage to East Coast of Babeldaob

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Guam – The following is an updated on the damage caused by Super Typhoon Bopha from Palau President Toribiong’s Press Secretary Fermin Meriang.

 

READ Press Secretary Meriang’s UPDATED damage report below:

Even though Palau was spared the brunt of the storm, the east coast of Babeldaob suffered extensive damage due to tidal surge. Ngaraard, Ngiwal, Melekeok, and Ngchesar in particular were heavily damaged. Also affected were the southern states of Peleliu and Angaur.

The National Emergency Committee just adjourned its first post-typhoon meeting and a damage assessment will begin first thing tomorrow [Tuesday] and will likely take two days to complete. Based on that report the NEC will [whether or not to] recommend to President Toribiong if a State of Disaster should be declared. However, the utilities (power, sewer, water, communications) already completed preliminary reports that will be part of the overall report to the President.

There have been no reports of injuries or casualties as a result of Typhoon Bopha but there are extensive damage to power lines and other infrastructure. Roads and homes in the aforementioned eastern states also suffered major damage.

Palau has received offers of assistance from our friends and organizations abroad but President Toribiong is holding off until the damage assessment is completed so we can determine exactly what our urgent needs are. Schools remain closed and normal government operations are expected to resume on Wednesday.