Guam Church helps out neighbours in Saipan after Soudelor

The Archdiocese of Agãna, (Guam) has organised a donation drive for residents of Saipan who have been affected Typhoon Soudelor.

Saipan is 218 kilometres from Guam, in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).

Catholic parishes, schools and organisations have been collecting non-perishable food items and funds to assist victims of Soudelor.

Water, rice and other canned goods are the most essential items, a release from the archdiocese said.

Saipan is a U.S. commonwealth with a population of 53,000.

Typhoon Soudelor hit Saipan with the intensity of a Category 2 hurricane on Sunday night 2 August, local time.

Winds were measured up to 105 mph as the storm hit. However, they may have been stronger than those reports according to an AccuWeather Meteorologist.

According to the Red Cross, nearly 500 people spent Monday night in several government shelters.

Residents were without water and electricity and were rationing gasoline four days after Soudelor.

President Obama declared the Northern Mariana Islands, including Saipan, under a State of Disaster last Thursday.


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