Super Typhoon Yutu Devastates Northern Mariana Islands
Americares is responding to Super Typhoon Yutu which caused widespread devastation across the islands of Rota, Tinian and Saipan of the Northern Mariana Islands after making landfall on 10/25. The storm struck with sustained winds of 180 mph, making it a category 5 typhoon and the worst storm to hit any part of the U.S. since 1935. Major damage has been reported with impact on health facilities.
Our ER team is working with the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation and partner organizations to understand and meet the needs. The team is working in the main hospital and Federally Qualified Health Center in Saipan, as well as the Tinian Health Center. Americares mental health staff are providing mental health consults to both patients and local staff at the Tinian Health Center and conducted a workshop for the staff who operated an emergency shelter, which has since closed.
In 2015, Americares responded to Typhoon Soudelor, providing surge support to health facilities in Saipan for more than a month.