The Federal Government sent supplies to a US Pacific Territory devastated by a super-typhoon when, two days after the deadly storm, Northern Marian residents ransacked crumpled homes, crashed cars, and fallen power pylons.
Military aircraft brought along food, water, tarpaulins and other accessories, said David Gervino, spokesman for the US Federal Emergency Management Agency. The agency is focused on restoring power, opening seaports and airports, and ensuring that cell towers can run on emergency power until the power returns.
The super typhoon Yutu grabbed maximum sustained winds of 180 mph (290 km / h) went over early Thursday over the islands of Tinian and Saipan, said the National Weather Service. On Saturday, power was still over Saipan, the largest island of 50,000, and Tinian, at 3,000, said local officials.
The strongest storm in any part of the United States this year overturned cars, crushed small planes, tore off roofs, and killed a woman seeking shelter in an abandoned building that collapsed. Others were injured, including three people who needed surgery.
Jan Reyes and her family have lost everything.
"Everything my family and I bought and added to our house over 13 years was like any window on the flooded floor of our house is broken," the resident of Saipan wrote in an email to The Associated Press.
The ceiling of a bedroom collapsed, destroying all the furniture. A cousin was trapped under rubble for seven hours, Reyes said.
Her family rode the storm in a hotel room and overturned a bed to build a barricade against the wind, rain, and debris. When the worst happened, she said, it took half an hour to drive over fallen logs and trees, which would normally mean a five-minute drive home.
"As an islander, however, we value the family more than anything else this world and we are more joyful and relieved that we are still complete and safe," she said, adding that people in the US are "resilient people." are.
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People on the islands are used to enduring monster storms, but many said that Yutu was the worst thing they experienced.
"One of the things that is unique and great about the Northern Mariana Islands is that they often have bad weather and the inhabitants here are very resilient," said Gervino, the FEMA spokesman. "They listen to warnings from local officials, they take cover when asked, they supply themselves with supplies before the storm."
He said that he was convinced there were no large numbers of injuries  Saipan Territory's only hospital said that 133 people were received in the emergency department on Thursday and three patients had serious injuries, which had to be operated on.
Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, the delegate of the Territory in Congress, said the residents need great help
FEMA has saved a significant amount of food and water in nearby Guam, which is preparing for the typhoon mangrove last month Has. The damage was not as bad as expected, so that more than 220,000 liters of water and 260,000 meals for the Northern Mariana Islands are still available, half an hour's flight.
Guam military flights began to deliver supplies, said Gervino
The agency constantly communicates with local officials on transportation, communications, food and water, as well as energy and fuel, Gervino said. FEMA made changes after hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm that struck Puerto Rico last year, and created forces to fight these areas.
Hurricanes are formed east of the international dateline, while typhoons develop west of it. Yutu was a heavy category 5 storm.
Commercial flights will not work for some time, said Nadine Deleon Guerrero, a spokeswoman for the area's emergency management department. Terminals, asphalt, runway and equipment were damaged.
More than 800 people were in shelters on the islands and space was running out, officials said
Many homes were destroyed because some poor families can not afford concrete houses that meet building codes that should resist typhoon winds said Edwin Provost, a member of the House of Representatives of the Territory. Some build houses with concrete foundations and walls, but with wooden and tin roofs.
Even some concrete houses were shattered on the smaller island of Tinian, which suffered a direct blow, Juanita Mendiola said.
I had to hide in the bathroom because the house felt like it was going to break up, "she said," It literally shook – a concrete house shook. "
Reconstruction can not wait, Reyes said, though many people expect recovery to be slow.
"The foundation of our culture is selflessness and family values, and this has always helped us overcome difficult times," she wrote. "We will always be hopeful and prepared for the worst. That's our way of life. "
McAvoy and Kelleher reported from Honolulu Associated Press journalist Caleb Jones contributed to this report.