FEMA APPROVES $1.4 MILLION FOR YAP RECOVERY

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By David V. Crisostomo

HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, May 14) - More than $1.4 million in U.S. disaster aid has been approved for typhoon-ravaged Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia, stated the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Yap, which was pummeled by Typhoon Sudal on April 9, is still in the midst of storm recovery. As of May 12, some 713 people have registered for aid, FEMA officials said.

FEMA provided the following progress report on assistance activities that include:

Housing assistance totaling more than $865,000 has been approved to help with temporary housing and essential home repairs.

Payments of more than $589,000 have been approved to help with other needs such as personal property, medical, dental, funeral, transportation, moving and storage expenses.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is processing applications for low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes.

FEMA inspectors have completed 594 inspections of typhoon-damaged properties.

FEMA also has been coordinating the efforts of 27 federal agencies and numerous voluntary organizations such as the Ayuda Foundation, the Salvation Army and the International Red Cross.

Tons of food; thousands of gallons of water; hundreds of tarpaulins, tents and camp kits; and medical and first-aid supplies also were sent to Yap.

"This was accomplished through numerous airlift missions by the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Coast Guard and civilian contractors and through cargo delivery by oceangoing ships and barges," a FEMA statement said.

May 14, 2004

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