Palikir, Pohnpei — President of the Federated States of Micronesia Peter M. Christian has amended his National Declaration of Emergency into a National Declaration of Disaster in response to devastation caused by typhoon Wutip, on March 11.
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 Amended Compact of Free Association, to formally request further disaster assistance and support from the U.S. government.
The Declarations of Emergency by the governors of Yap and Chuuk remain in effect. On March 12, Pohnpei Gov. Marcelo K. Peterson declared a state of emergency for Pohnpei State.