Typhoon Haiyan has devastated the island of Kayangel in Palau's north, according to an assessment of damages by emergency crews after the super typhoon struck overnight.
Blas Lawrence from Palau's Government Media Office has told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat no casualties have been reported, although all homes on the island have been destroyed.
"When we approached on the helicopter, the whole island was devastated," Mr Lawrence said.
"I had goose bumps on the aircraft trying to think there are a lot of people laying down there.
"But fortunately, when we arrived, the first report that the citizens gave us was that there was no injury." No casualties
Greg Grimsich, humanitarian affairs officer at the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Fiji, says early warnings have been an important part of preventing casualties.
"A lot of the resilience that we see in the communities [comes] with the early warnings and the proactive steps of the government," he said.
"With those early warnings going out from the Met Services, from the governments of Yap State and Palau, the residents were able to prepare, some were able to evacuate, some were able to prepare their homes."
Mr Grimsich says while radio communication was cut off during the storm, some mobile networks allowed the communities to stay informed.
"The radio services, I understand, went down in both Yap and Palau, kind of in the middle of the storm," he said.
"However, mobile networks remained up for the most part, however intermittent.
"There's a lot of messaging going out by text messages, going out to communities... people are being kept informed." Photo: Typhoon Haiyan has devastated the island of Kayangel in Palau's north, according to an assessment of damages by emergency crews after the super typhoon struck overnight. (Oceania TV News)
"There's no power now and all the communications are gone, so there's no communication between them and Koror."
Mr Lawrence says the residents also lack access to clean water.
"Kayangel is an atoll, so there is no large source of clean water for them," he said.
"The public works people were just talking about how it's going to probably take about three to five months just to restore water and power for the island.
"Within three days, there will be a decision... [whether] the island is not liveable for everybody."
He says emergency crews are planning to take all remaining residents away from Kayangel by boat.
"If the boat wouldn't be able to carry all of them, they would do another trip to get the remaining citizens," Mr Lawrence said.
"But now we're here at the National Emergency Management Office... and they're planning to send two large boats.
"With that, those three boats can carry all of the citizens."
Mr Grimisch says Palau government is working in tandem with international relief organizations to bring assistance to affected citizens.
"The Palau government is working closely with partners in the Red Cross to provide assistance to those populations that are affected, but it is a relatively small number, given the potential that this typhoon had," he said.
"Fortunately, local capacities in Palau are able to meet the needs... people are really pulling together and helping out communities in most need there."
Yes, I was indeed VERY,VERY LUCKY! My connection for all of this....having a big brother in the music business.
I also was introduced to Janis Joplin ( I love that woman)! And the elegant Brian Jones. He certainly was the Prince of the festival.
Shoot, I died and went to heaven! That festival was a turning point in my young life. I had to get out of Repressed Texas fast. And less than a year later I said goodbye to Texas in my rear view mirror! And hit highway 66 into California. I was floating and on a natural high. Loved the Golden State!
Wonder what would of happened to the Stones if Brian lived?
mizscarlett43, on 07 November 2013 - 08:42 PM, said:
Yes, from what I remember reading over the years, Jim had wrecked The Blue Lady so many times that she ultimately became irreparably damaged and was simply junked; and Manhime, I don't think there's anything left of her by this time. Maybe a few pieces of rusted scrap in a Los Angeles junkyard somewhere...
The hope of finding a relatively intact and operable Blue Lady still tooling around So. Cal. somewhere is, sadly, probably wishful thinking. In fact, a few years ago I seem to remember a Blue Lady group in So. Cal. who were dedicated to finding her. I don't know if they're still in operation, but I doubt it. I think they decided it was a hopeless quest and finally gave it up.
Did you ever ride in the blue lady? Shelby's are sort after now