The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Micronesia is working under the leadership of the State and FSM National Governments, and in tandem with local partners, to identify and meet immediate humanitarian needs emerging from Typhoon Maysak.
Between April 8 and 13, IOM participated as an observer on Preliminary Damage Assessments in Yap and Chuuk conducted jointly by the Governments of the United States and the Federated States of Micronesia to evaluate the impact of Typhoon Maysak.
In Yap, IOM is focusing on water treatment and production as prioritized by key Government partners. IOM deployed a prepositioned United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Reverse Osmosis (RO) Filtration Unit with a generator to Falalop, Ulithi with technical assistance from Yap State Public Service Corporation (YSPSC). The unit is capable of providing 6,000 gallons of water per day, and became operational on April 17.
In Chuuk, IOM is supporting the Chuuk State Disaster Coordination Office’s (DCO) priority of assistance provision to displaced persons currently residing in collective centers.* IOM coordinated teams that include Micronesia Red Cross Society (MRCS) and State-level Departments to visit collective centers and provide targeted assistance to meet key relief needs.
To support the initial and immediate mobilization of IOM’s relief activities, Micronesia Registration Advisors (MRA) provided US$25,000 for logistics and supplies on April 7.
On April 9, the Japanese Government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) donated and deployed water purifiers and jerry cans from their Singapore warehouse to the respective State Governments for distribution through IOM’s ongoing logistics operations. On April 13, the Australian Government announced funding of AUS$100,000 to IOM for shelter materials and tools, hygiene kits, and logistical support for emergency relief operations.