Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

Nena Declared Chuuk State a Disaster Area

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Service): December 2, 1997 - President Jacob Nena, on November 26, 1997, made a declaration saying that Chuuk State is in a state of disaster as a result of a November 4, 1997, fire that totally destroyed the building that housed the Chuuk Department of Public Safety Office and the State Jail.

Also destroyed were all records, office machines and equipment, furniture and fixtures, rifles, pistols and ammunition, flags, radios, seized contraband and other personal property in the building.

Inmates are not in State Jail cells and the entire department is without a suitable workplace but in temporary shelters, the declaration stated.

To remedy this problem, President Nena has authorized expenditure of funds from Disaster Relief Fund for purchase of necessary food, clothing, shelter, medical supplies, debris clearance, and repair of damaged property and such other matters to be determined from time to time as necessary by the President.

For further information on this release, please contact:

FSM Office of the President
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P.O Box 34
Palikir Station, Pohnpei, FM 96941
Tel.: (691) 320-2548/2092
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