Acting CNMI Governor: Champi Destroyed More Homes Than Soudelor

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Damage report from tropical storm not yet finalized

By Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Oct. 27, 2015) – Acting Gov. Ralph Torres said Tropical Storm Champi destroyed more homes than Typhoon Soudelor, but there are still no "exact figures" on how many were damaged.

Soudelor hit the island on Aug. 2, 2015 while Champi’s closest approach to Saipan was about 65 miles northeast of the island on Oct. 16, 2015.

Torres in an interview over the weekend said the CNMI government and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are still conducting an assessment, adding that Champi’s heavy rains caused flooding.

"We are still working on those numbers but we have more homes damaged now compared to Soudelor — homes that were partly damaged by Soudelor were blown away by Champi," the acting governor said.

As for the areas on Saipan that still have no electricity, Torres said the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. expects to restore power to 90 percent of the island by the end of October.

"I hope that we meet that target and we should be able to get the remaining 10 percent by early next month," Torres said.

"We are doing well with our recovery efforts so far. We have availed ourselves of the materials and equipment we need and we hope to see all villages with power again."

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