The United States island of Guam in the Pacific Ocean has been declared a disaster area by President Ford after Typhoon Pamela hit, causing widespread disaster and a critical shortage of water.
The United States island of Guam in the Pacific Ocean has been declared a disaster area by President Ford after Typhoon Pamela hit, causing widespread disaster and a critical shortage of water. Ten people were reported dead and about a thousand people were injured.
The island was rocked with winds reaching between 150 and 185 miles and hour (240-300 kph). torrential rain flooded low-lying residential areas in southern Guam and people were evacuated from their homes.
Aircraft at the US Air Force base were moved to Japan and Wake Island and many ships put to sea to avoid the typhoon, which officials say was one of the strongest to hit the island since Typhoon Karen in 1962.
Ninety per cent of the island's power generation facilities were either destroyed or damaged resulting in total disruption to communication facilities. About 25 per cent of the communication links have been restored but the water situation is critical, because there is no electricity to pump it.
Military tank trucks have been providing purified water to residents and the Red Cross is working on providing temporary housing.
More than 30 aircraft missions have been carried out to fly in radar antennae, cold storage freezes, power and utility trucks, generators, lumber and communications equipment.
SYNOPSIS: Typhoon Pamela hit the United States Island of Guam last week, killing about 10 people and causing widespread damage. The Island was declared ad disaster area by President Ford and a military assistance operation is underway. The Island was rocked by winds reaching about 185 miles an hour and torrential rain flooded low-lying residential areas in southern Guam. Hundreds of people had to be evacuated from their homes.
The most disastrous immediate effect was a critical shortage of water. Communications were also totally cut after ninety per cent of the Islands power generation facilities were either destroyed or damaged. So far, about a quarter of the communication links have been destroyed, but military tank trucks have had to provide purified water to residents.
More than 30 aircraft missions have brought in much needed equipment from the United States and the Philippines and the Red Cross is working on temporary housing.