By Bill Jaynes The Kaselehlie Press April 9, 2015 Federated States of Micronesia—
Typhoon Maysak, which was spawned in waters southeast of Pohnpei, slammed into Chuuk as a full blown Category 2 typhoon on March 28 and 29. It hit Chuuk's Northwest outer islands and intensified in strength before slamming into Ulithi and Fais, Yap on March 31 and April 1. By that time it was classified as a Category 5 super typhoon with winds of up to 160 miles per hour. The Governors of Chuuk and of Yap made emergency declarations shortly after the storm arrived in their states. President Mori also made an emergency declaration and released $100,000 for immediate disaster relief. It also authorized OEEM to begin to seek international assistance. The President sent FSM surveillance vessel FSM-03 to the outer islands of Chuuk, and FSM-02 to Yap's outer islands for damage assessment. Each vessel carried relief supplies and FSM personnel for the assessments.
Late this afternoon, Akapito said that FSM surveillance vessel, FSM-03 arrived in the outer islands a week ago and conducted its assessment. The vessel carried relief supplies but it didn't make a report by radio as they were expected to have done. FSM03 was due back in Weno this afternoon where crews are standing by to load supplies for a return trip to Chuuk's outer islands if they are needed. At press time there had been no official word of the arrival of FSM-02 in the outer islands of Yap. In order to insure that the victims of the typhoon "are not negatively impacted by those who would profit from their misery," on April 1, President Mori amended his Emergency Declaration to include a price freeze on all commodities throughout the FSM to pretyphoon rates. That mandate will be enforced by a Task Force and the Department of Justice. On Monday of this week, the President called a weekend special session of Congress in order to deal with issues surrounding the Typhoon Maysak disaster.
15 April 2015 - Micronesia - IOM staff in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) are responding to the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Maysak which barrelled across the group of 600 Pacific islands from 28 March to 2 April. Five people have been confirmed to have died as the result of the storm, which has also destroyed crops and contaminated many water sources. Packing wind speeds exceeding 250 kilometres per hour, Maysak smashed houses, schools, and public buildings, and also sank several fishing and dive boats. Speaking from the capital Pohnpei earlier on Friday Stuart Simpson, IOM's Chief of Mission in FSM stressed "Our overwhelming priority in the coming hours is to ensure that we get clean water – and the means to produce it locally – to isolated island communities.
United Nations Nations Unies Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 9 April 2015 Suva, Fiji -
A United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team today arrived in the Federated States of Micronesia to support the government's response to Typhoon Maysak. The typhoon made landfall at Chuuk lagoon on Sunday 29 March and Ulithi Atoll, Yap, on 1 April, while neighboring islands within the two states also experienced damage from strong destructive winds. The UNDAC team, comprising five disaster response experts, was deployed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Regional Office for the Pacific at the request of the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia. It will support the government and humanitarian partners as they continue to respond to communities on affected islands and atolls.
United States of America Kolonia - 15 April 2015 -
The United States Embassy in Kolonia, assisted by USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), is coordinating the U.S. Government's response to Typhoon Maysak. OFDA is conducting damage assessments in Chuuk and Yap states with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), USAID's on-the-ground partner in the FSM. The FSM and State Governments are providing logistics support to facilitate the movement of relief items throughout the affected areas. Under the leadership of each state's Disaster Coordination Officer (DCO) in the Emergency Operations Centers, IOM is closely coordinating response work with statelevel departments, the Micronesian Red Cross Society, and local partners. The Embassy, OFDA and IOM continue to liaise with the FSM National Government, donors, and key partners in Pohnpei.
Embassy of the United States of America Kolonia April 8, 2015 -
The Embassy has received several inquiries about how people can help those affected by Super Typhoon Maysak. The most effective way to support people affected by disaster events, including Super Typhoon Maysak in Micronesia, is to provide monetary donations to relief and charitable organizations working directly with affected populations. Even very small cash donations make a significant difference, thanks to relief and charitable organizations' bulk purchasing power. Monetary donations are the simplest option for donors, the most efficient for relief and charitable organizations, and the most effective for survivors, as they:
• Enable relief organizations to respond to urgent needs as they arise, which happens frequently in the early stages of an emergency response;
• Facilitate programs that material donations cannot support, including medical services, family reunification initiatives, and trauma counseling; and
• Allow the local purchase of muchneeded goods, ensuring that supplies are fresh and familiar to survivors, acquired in needed quantities, and culturally, nutritionally and environmentally appropriate. These purchases in turn support local merchants and economies, which strengthens and speeds recovery. Some community groups and civic organizations feel a strong desire to provide material donations, often in the form of clothing, canned food, bottled water, and other household items. While wellintentioned, these donations can actually delay the delivery of life-saving services and supplies to survivors and are costly and time-consuming for relief organizations to manage.
If monetary donations are not possible, prospective donors are asked to donate according to these guidelines:
• "Connect before you collect" by identifying a relief or charitable organization that has specifically requested the items before the collection begins; • Ensure that all material donations are directed to a consignee that can receive, manage, and distribute them;
• Ensure all documentation for the shipment are in order, including customs clearance, inspections, and port fees; and
• Arrange transportation before the collection begins.
• For more information on the impact of noncash donations, go to www.cidi.org.
For more information on the U.S. Government's humanitarian assistance efforts in response to Super Typhoon Maysak, visit USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance.
By Bill Jaynes The Kaselehlie Press April 8, 2015 Pohnpei, FSM—
"Pasifika Renaissance" was established in September of 2014 as a nonprofit organization established in Japan in order to "preserve and promote cultural and historical heritage in the Pacific Islands to revitalize their traditional cultures and empower local communities." Dr. Takuya Nagaoka, who served as a JICA volunteer in Pohnpei, Micronesia is the organization's Executive Director. Yesterday Pasifika Renaissance established a new YouTube site for the organization. Dr. Nagaoka says that after the site receives 500 fans they will be able to choose their own url. Currently the YouTube site contains videos of performances by students at the recently held College of Micronesia- FSM Founding Day. Dr. Nagaoka says that he has also conducted interviews with elders in the community discussing history, tradition and culture. Those will be uploaded to the site as well.