Federal aid flows to Saipan, including hundreds of Marines
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The U.S. government is sending more resources to Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in the aftermath of destructive Typhoon Soudelor.
The Pacific Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1KXxsAL ) that food, water, dry milk, power generators and temporary shelter are expected to arrive on the 48-square-mile island of Saipan this weekend.
The goods left Guam aboard the USS Ashland on Friday. Hundreds of Marines are also on the amphibious dock landing ship, which was returning from a three-week military exercise off Australia.
It was bound for Japan but rerouted to Saipan after the powerful typhoon hit the island, snapping utility poles and toppling trees. It left residents without electricity and running water.
President Barack Obama declared the islands a disaster area on Wednesday and ordered federal aid to help the U.S. territory.