US Pacific territory will need help to recover from typhoon

Residents in a Pacific U.S. territory ravaged by Super Typhoon Yutu are hopeful for help from the federal government.

They expect to be without electricity and running water for months as the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands begins to assess damage left by 180 mph (290 kph) winds.

A military plane was bringing food, water, tarps and other supplies, U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesman David Gervino said.

Officials toured villages in Saipan and saw cars crushed under a collapsed garage, the ground ripped clean of vegetation and people injured by spraying glass and other debris.

As of Friday local time, there was one storm-related death confirmed.

Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, the territory’s delegate to Congress, says congressional colleagues have offered aid. Sablan expects a presidential disaster declaration to free up resources for storm relief.

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