President Christian declares aftermath of Typhoon Wutip a national disaster

FSM Information Services


PALIKIR, Pohnpei—On February 22nd, 2019 His Excellency Peter M. Christian, President of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), declared a national emergency in response to then-Tropical Storm Wutip, which later became designated as a typhoon. Due to the ongoing devastation and expected further damages caused by Wutip, on March 11th, 2019 President Christian amended the National Declaration of Emergency into a National Declaration of Disaster.

Preliminary assessments conducted by the FSM National Government and the State Governments of Yap, Chuuk, and Pohnpei have advised of significant damage to housing and food security infrastructure.

The amendment of the Declaration of Emergency into a Declaration of Disaster will enable the FSM, in accordance with the terms of our Amended Compact of Free Association, to formally request further disaster assistance and support from the United States Government.

The Declarations of Emergency by the Governors of the States of Yap and Chuuk remain in effect. Today, March 12th 2019, the Honorable Marcelo K. Peterson, Governor of the State of Pohnpei, formally declared a State of Emergency for Pohnpei State.

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