Guam Asked To Aid Palau’s Kayangel State After Typhoon

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Senator calls on residents to extend help to neighbors in Palau

By Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Dec. 4, 2013) – In addition to rallying to help victims of Supertyphoon Haiyan in the Philippines, efforts also continue to aid the people of Kayangel, an island state in Palau that lost homes, schools, government offices and its clinic to the superstorm.

Motorists can give aid during a boot drive from 4 to 6 p.m. this Friday at the ITC intersection in Tamuning and Paseo Loop in Hagåtña, said Alex Kloulubak, chairman of the Kayangel Club of Guam.

"Everything was wiped out as far as homes, schools, government offices and the clinic," Kloulubak said.

No lives were lost because many of the island state's residents were evacuated to Palau's capital of Koror two days before Haiyan struck, Kloulubak said.

Palau President Tommy Remengesau, on a quick Guam stopover to a meeting in Saipan, mentioned that Palau's Haiyan survivors need help with essential provisions such as drinking water and cash to buy gasoline and chainsaws as the rebuilding gets underway, according to the Palau consul general on Guam.

Consul General Jeff Kenty said giving cash is the quickest way to send help to Haiyan survivors in Kayangel and other places in Palau.

Kayangel's water lens was contaminated when the sea surged, which means residents have to bring in drinking water from Palau while waiting for a desalination system to arrive, Kenty said.

Haiyan devastated Kayangel and caused major damage in Koror and Babeldaob before the storm struck the Philippines, Remengesau said in an interview with Radio Australia on Nov. 13.

Guam Sen. Michael San Nicolas said Guam has mobilized relief efforts for the Philippine victims of Haiyan, and he said Palau also needs help to recover from its devastation.

"Our brothers and sisters in (Palau) have also suffered from the recent storm that devastated the Philippines," San Nicolas said. "While mobilizing to help our Filipino brothers and sisters, we need to also do what we can to extend help to our neighbors in (Palau)."

San Nicolas' office accepts cash and in-kind donations for Haiyan survivors in Palau, he said.

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