N. Mar­i­anas still with­out power af­ter typhoon

The Island Packet (Sunday) - - Obituaries - BY JEN­NIFER SINCO KELLE­HER AND AUDREY MCAVOY

Many peo­ple in a U.S. Pa­cific ter­ri­tory rav­aged by a deadly su­per typhoon lost ev­ery­thing, but res­i­dents say they are re­silient and must fo­cus on the long re­cov­ery ahead.

The U.S. gov­ern­ment is send­ing sup­plies to the North­ern Mar­i­anas as res­i­dents dig through crum­bled houses, smashed cars and fallen util­ity poles af­ter Su­per Typhoon Yutu struck Thurs­day as a Cat­e­gory 5 storm.

“The re­build­ing of this is­land is be­gin­ning al­ready as time waits for no­body,” Jan Reyes, who lives on the ter­ri­tory’s most pop­u­lated is­land of Saipan, wrote in an email to the As­so­ci­ated Press. “De­spite the ca­su­al­ties, we the peo­ple of the Com­mon­wealth of the North­ern Mar­i­ana Is­lands are re­silient peo­ple.”

To help the re­cov­ery, mil­i­tary planes brought in food, water, tarps and other sup­plies.

U.S. Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency spokesman David Gervino said the agency is fo­cused on help­ing re­store power, open­ing sea and air ports, and en­sur­ing cell­phone tow­ers can op­er­ate on emer­gency power un­til elec­tric­ity re­turns.

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