Federated States of Micronesia - Typhoon Sudal OCHA Situation Report No. 1

Situation Report
Originally published
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2004/0054
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Federated States of Micronesia - Typhoon Sudal
13 April 2004

Occurred on 9 April 2004

This report is based on information provided by the Government of Federated States of Micronesia.


1. On Friday 9 April, Typhoon Sudal passed Yap State of Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) with winds of more than 200 km/hour and waves of more than 10-meters high. The typhoon battered the State, whose population is 12,000, for more than five hours, causing extensive damage to public and private utilities and food crops.

2. According to a preliminary assessment report, the typhoon damaged more than 90% of public utilities and property including the State Hospital, and either damaged or destroyed more than 90% of private houses, leaving 80% of the villages without clean drinking water and power and forcing more than 900 people in shelters. It also completely destroyed more than 90% of lowland and upland crops. In coastal areas, tidal surge caused devastation to almost all areas and severe damage to seawalls.

3. Dehydration has become a critical issue as drinkable water is rapidly decreasing. Current health issues include common sicknesses and gastrointestinal problems.

4. It should be noted that Yap State was hit by Typhoon Lupit last November, which caused significant damage to Utihi Atoll, Woleai Atoll and Fais Island of the State.

Immediate Needs

5. To date the Government identified the immediate needs as follows: restoration of water supply systems, distribution of water to designated shelters and identification of potable water source, assessment of remote islands of Ngulu, Ulithi, Fais and Rumung for water supply and crops, repair of sewage leakage, clearance of debris from roads and repair of designated shelters.

National and International Response

6. A State of Emergency has been declared for Yap by both national and state Governments. Joint assessments of the islands of Yap State are being conducted by the Government and the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

7. The United States Government has agreed to provide federal disaster aid for debris removal and emergency services related to this disaster.

8. Although OCHA has not received a request for international assistance yet, it has offered to deploy a United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) Team on very short notice.

9. OCHA is in contact with the relevant government authorities of FSM through its office of the Regional Disaster Response Advisor for the Pacific in Suva, Fiji, and will revert with further information as it becomes available.

10. This situation report, together with information on other ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at http://www.reliefweb.int

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