622 sought shelter


The Koblerville Elementary School had 20 more shelterees beyond its capacity yesterday. As of 6:30pm yesterday evening, two other schools were also beyond their capacities: Marianas High School, and Tanapag Middle School.

KES had 66 shelterees; its capacity is only 46.

TMS had 41 shelterees—one more than its 40-person capacity.

MHS had 81 shelterees; its capacity is 80.

Other shelters that were still accepting shelterees included Kagman High School, which as of 6:30pm was housing 78 of its capacity of 80; Dandan Middle School was housing 53 of its capacity of 60; San Vicente Elementary School was housing 88 of its capacity of 100; and Chacha Oceanview Middle School was housing 18 of its capacity of 50.

As of 6:30pm yesterday, there were 82 shelterees at the Saipan Aging Office, according to Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Secretary Robert Hunter. The center has a capacity of 120.

The number of shelterees at the Commonwealth Health Center, according to Public Health and Hospital Emergency Preparedness director Warren Villagomez, totaled nine as of 7:15pm yesterday evening.

In a previous press release from the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp., the agency noted that only pregnant women will be provided shelter due to the “limited hospital capacity.”

In total, there were 516 shelterees on Saipan.

On Tinian, the Tinian Elementary School and the Tinian Jr./Sr. High School had 21 and 51 shelterees, respectively. Both have a capacity of 60. Thirty slots were available.at the Tinian Aging Office but no one sought shelter there.

In total, there were 72 shelterees on Tinian.

Rota, besides being beat up the most by Typhoon Mangkhut, only had a total of 34 shelterees—17 each for the Rita H. Inos Jr./Sr. High School and the Rota Aging Office, which has a capacity of 60 and 100, respectively.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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