Saipan Mayor’s Office notes eight fallen trees


The Saipan Mayor’s Office logged fallen tree removal requests throughout the island during their recovery efforts Tuesday after the passage of Typhoon Mangkhut.

According to Joann Aquino, mayor’s office director of field operations, there were about eight such requests. Although she was unable to provide Saipan Tribune with the exact number of responses to requests, she said the mayor’s office command post was activated starting 7:30am Monday.

“There are more fallen trees, but [we] will do that tomorrow [today],” she told Saipan Tribune in a message.

A total of 12 crews working 12- to 14-hour shifts were used in the wake of Typhoon Magkhut, while each crew consists of three to four members, totaling at least 36 people working throughout the typhoon.

“Twelve crews worked at the command post [Monday], including Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang for 12 to 14 hours for the first shift. I worked at the Emergency Operations Center [on Monday],” she told Saipan Tribune.

Aquino further noted the in the course of Typhoon Mangkhut on Monday, which made landfall in the Marianas at 6pm, the mayor’s office received four calls and responded to them during the typhoon’s onslaught.

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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