By Paul Homewood
As noted earlier, Typhoon Soudelor has been wreaking havoc over the Marianas:
No deaths have been attributed to Soudelor, but it left a trail of destruction across the Northern Marianas where acting governor Ralph Torres declared a “state of major disaster and significant emergency” after it struck late on Sunday.
Nearly 400 people were packed in emergency shelters after Soudelor ripped roofs off houses and left residents without power, water and wastewater services.
“I’ve seen multiple primary power poles down; I’ve seen cars flipped over the road; I’ve seen lots of torn roofs,” John Hirsh, executive director of the American Red Cross in Saipan, told Pacific Daily News.
Damage was “extensive” across the island and there had been significant damage to public infrastructure, he said.
Many roads were impassable in Saipan – the Northern Marianas main island, the seat of government and hub of the local economy…
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