The International Organization for Migration/Micronesia (IOM) continues to work under the leadership of the State and FSM National Governments, and in tandem with local partners, to identify and meet recovery and reconstruction needs following Typhoon Maysak’s destruction earlier this year.
In the days following the disaster, IOM/Micronesia’s immediate efforts included the provision of critical lifesaving food, water, and shelter supplies to the most-affected areas of Yap and Chuuk States. These initiatives were funded by Micronesia Registration Advisors and the Governments of Australia and Japan.
Following the FSM’s state of emergency and request for international assistance, U.S. President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Disaster Declaration. Under the terms of the Compact of Free Association between the United States and FSM Governments, this Declaration mobilized U.S. federal funding for immediate emergency relief and reconstruction assistance. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the primary U.S. federal agency responsible for the provision of this assistance, and has supported IOM and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for the provision of relief and recovery assistance.
In order to enhance agricultural recovery, FAO is providing seeds, seedlings, and garden tools in affected areas. The Government of New Zealand has additionally supported IOM’s efforts to facilitate the rehabilitation of rainwater collection infrastructure.
IOM is USAID’s primary implementing partner for the repair and reconstruction of private housing, public infrastructure, and public utilities that were damaged by Typhoon Maysak.