$1.48 Million Approved For Typhoon Recovery In Palau

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Repairs to schools alone estimated at $403,000

By Aurea Gerundio-Dizon

KOROR, Palau (Island Times, Nov. 12, 2013) – Following the declaration of a State of Emergency, President Remengesau yesterday appropriated $1,480,00 through RPPL No. 9-16 to provide funding for the Republic of Palau’s response to the damage caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan.

The president said that the $1.4 million will come from the reserve fund in Fiscal Year 2014 National Budget and last fiscal year’s excess.

Remengesau thanked the Olbiil Era Kelulau (OEK) for approving the declaration that allowed him to afford immediate and specific relief to those lives or property affected by the typhoon.

Initial assessment by the National Emergency Committee (NEC) provided during a meeting with President Remengesau and other local leaders yesterday at the National Emergency Management Office disclosed the estimated cost of damages to schools is $403,000.

NEC reported that JFK Elementary School in Kayangel suffered major damages and will need to rebuild the school.

Ngarchelong Elementary School had considerable damage to its kitchen roof and properties. These damages are reportedly repairable but long-term structural impact is undetermined.

Palau High School’s Social Studies and Auto-Mechanic Building and Aimeliik Elementary School suffered minor roof damages.

NEC also estimated the cleanup cost of $300,000 to $350,000 by Bureau of Public Works.

With regard to power restoration, NEC initial assessment disclosed that PPUC reported a daily expenditure of approximately $28,000 for the restoration of power to all of Koror and Babeldaob. Cost of recovery efforts for nine working days only was estimated to be about $250,000. Recovery and restoration for Kayangel power and water system is not included in the estimate.

For residential reconstruction, the NEC, in looking at the number of damaged houses from Ngarchelong to Koror as reported in the ground assessment and the aerial assessments, estimated a total of $2 million in recovery costs.

Remengesau assured that the government will continue to look for additional funding through grants from outside sources.

On another note, the Governors Association has committed to send people from each state to Kayangel to help with the cleanup. The association is just waiting for the final assessment report to be completed so they will know when to send people and what to bring.

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