Last Updated: Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Typhoon Maysak (Chedeng) kills 12 in Philippines and FSM

Super Typhoon Maysak (Chedeng) has claimed lives of 12 people affecting Yap and Chuuk State in the Federated States of Micronesia, as well as the Philippines.

Maysak is responsible for widespread destruction and five deaths in the Federated States of Micronesia. Seven people died and 26 injured during the celebration of Easter Week in Philippines, ABC News reported. However, officials have not decided whether the deaths were related to the approaching storm.

Typhoon Maysak damage in Ulithi, Yap, Federated States of Micronesia
(Brad Holland / FSM Office of Environment and Emergency Management via Radio New Zealand)

The governors of both Chuuk and Yap states has declared a state of emergency.

Typhoon Maysak impact in Chuuk State

Typhoon Maysak passed directly over Chuuk State as a Category 1 storm on March 29. According to Marianas  Variety, an estimated 80–90 percent of homes got damaged in Chuuk State. On April 1, Chuuk Governor Johnson Elimo issued a state of emergency.

Five people have died and more than 6,700 people in Chuuk are displaced, the FSM Office of Environment and Emergency Management or OEEM said. Portable toilets have been send to Weno in Chuuk for emergency shelters and health personnel are issuing boil water advisories before water is consumed.

Typhoon Maysak impact in Yap State

According to Pacific Islands Report, there have not been any reported casualties yet in Yap and the 18 fishermen who were stranded on Pikolot Island and West Fayew Island have safely returned to their home islands.

The International Organisation for Migration is working to install reverse osmosis machines on islands, Radio New Zealand reported.

About Super Typhoon Maysak

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, Super Typhoon Maysak was the most powerful pre-April typhoon on record in the western north Pacific Ocean. The typhoon intensified into a Category 5 super typhoon on March 31.

Maysak is a Cambodian name which refers to a species of tree.

Philippines is regarded as the hot zone for typhoons. Since 1970, the Philippines has been hit by more tropical cyclones than any country on earth except for China, USA Today reported quoting the National Hurricane Center.

Philippine cities are most at risk from natural disasters as eight out of 10 world cities most exposed to natural disasters are located there followed by China, Japan and Bangladesh.