Most Yutu shelters closed

Shelterees relocated to northern Saipan

Over 200 shelterees were relocated to a school in the northern area of Saipan yesterday since some of the current shelters lack utilities, while efforts to relocate more will continue today.

Saipan Tribune learned that about 210 shelterees from several of the schools down south were relocated yesterday to the Gregorio T. Camacho Elementary School in San Roque as it has water and power and can ideally provide the medical needs of shelterees, according to CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management external affairs officer Nadine Deleon Guerrero.

A representative of the CNMI Emergency Operations Center told Saipan Tribune that the 160 shelterees of Marianas High School, 38 shelterees of the Oleai Headstart Center, 21 shelterees at the Dandan Headstart Center, and about 10 families seeking shelter at the Saipan Aging Office were relocated to GTC through Public School System school buses.

GTC prepared for the shelterees by getting rid of typhoon debris and storing classroom accessories, according to the representative.

GTC could accommodate 240 people in classrooms. Its cafeteria, which is usually used for shelters in other schools, would be used for eating.

A press statement from the CNMI Joint Information Center noted that the Tanapag Middle School is next in line for housing shelterees of the San Vicente Elementary School, Koblerville Elementary School, and the Saipan Southern High School, and that they would be transported to TMS today at 1:30pm. The Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority would provide transportation for shelterees going to TMS.

There was no mention of how many shelterees would be relocated and whether they would be staying in the cafeteria or classrooms. However, the statement noted that all shelters would be closed today at 6:30pm.

According to Deleon Guerrero, there are 823 shelterees on Saipan and 48 on Tinian.

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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