FSM report: Wutip left $2 million in damage

US military assists Wutip-damaged Chuuk

Typhoon Wutip caused $2 million in damage to homes, public infrastructure and major agricultural crops in the Federated States of Micronesia, according to a damage assessment report released by FSM and U.S. agencies.

The Micronesian government said it will request U.S. President Donald Trump to issue a presidential disaster declaration for FSM to allow the flow of additional funding for post-typhoon rehabilitation.

Typhoon Wutip lashed FSM islands with strong winds and storm surge on Feb. 22, wreaking havoc on Yap and Chuuk and rendering many families homeless. A report released April 8 by the damage assessment team said Wutip had flattened 106 homes.

A multinational team aboard military sealift transport USNS Brunswick arrived in the Lower Mortlock Islands in Chuuk to support post-typhoon recovery efforts. Photo by JRM

“Initial estimates from the report suggest that the cost for supplemental disaster assistance would exceed $2,000,000, of which both emergency needs and public infrastructure repairs would require at least $1,000,000 each,” states a press release from FSM Information Service.