DFA to help displaced Pinoys after Yutu devastation in US Pacific islands


Posted at Nov 01 2018 06:45 PM

MANILA- The Department of Foreign Affairs said it would send a team Thursday to help Filipinos displaced by Typhoon Yutu in the Northern Mariana islands.

A two-man consular team would travel to Saipan to help Filipinos affected by the typhoon.

Yutu, a category 5 storm, struck the US Western Pacific territory last week, pulling down hundreds of electricity poles, damaging homes and commercial properties and the international airport on Saipan, located about 6,000 km (3,700 miles) west of Hawaii.

Locally named Rosita, Yutu also wreaked havoc in northern Philippines this week, triggering landslides and floods.

The DFA said Vice Consul Alex Vallespin and Assistance to Nationals Officer Juliet Simbul would hand out financial aid and assess the condition of the Filipino community in the area.

Some Filipinos were reported to have lost their homes and have limited access to basic needs, the DFA noted.

There are about 15,000 Filipinos in Saipian, the largest island in the Northern Marianas according to DFA data.