FSM AWAITS FEMA DECISION

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Monday, May 5, 1997

A decision, regarding FSM Acting President Jacob Nena's request that U.S. President Bill Clinton declare Pohnpei a disaster area and eligible for emergency financial assistance, still is a week or more away.

Flooding and landslides two weeks ago took the lives of 19 persons and caused severe property damage in the Sokehs area of Pohnpei.

The Director of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency's Pacific Area Office in Honolulu, William Carwile, said that the findings of a five-member investigation team, now in Guam, still are being collated and evaluated.

The final FEMA report, now expected to be completed next week, will be forwarded to President Clinton for action.

The Federated States of Micronesia is eligible for U.S. FEMA assistance under the 15-year FSM-U.S. Compact of Free Association.

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