Power and water completely restored on Rota


Power and water have been completely restored on Rota as of Dec.11, three months following the destruction wrought by Typhoon Mangkhut.

According to Rota Mayor’s Office press secretary Ivan Mereb, water and power has been 100 percent as of Dec. 11.

Typhoon debris has also been completely cleared from the villages and it’s just a matter of reviving tourist sites.

“We are now working on tourist sites on the island and the back roads that are not paved,” he said.

As for the number of homes and establishments repaired since Typhoon Mangkhut, there is currently no status report on this.

Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall on Rota back on Sept. 10, 2018. Mangkhut was projected to intensify into a Category 4 typhoon as it approached the Marianas. A Category 4 typhoon has maximum sustained winds of 130-156 mph (209-251 kmh).

In comparison, according to a Wikipedia entry, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center assessed Typhoon Soudelor, which hit Saipan in August 2015, as a Category 5-equivalent super typhoon, with a minute sustained winds of 180 mph (285 kmh).

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Bautista Esmores has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.

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