International agency sends relief supplies to Saipan, Tinian

SAMARITAN’S Purse, an international relief agency based in North Carolina, has sent relief supplies for Saipan and Tinian.

The supplies were flown in by a DC-30 aircraft which arrived at the Saipan airport on Tuesday afternoon.

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The supplies include shelter materials, solar lights and water filtration units for some 5,000 families.

Scott Knuteson of Samaritan’s Purse said 20 of their personnel, including four medical professionals, will also be “on the ground.”

“We anticipate that the mobile medical team will treat typhoon-related injuries, provide wound care, and treat mosquito-borne and water-borne illnesses,” Knuteson said in an email to Variety on Tuesday. “Of course, we can’t be certain what medical care will look like until the teams are out helping people, but this is our expectation based on past similar response efforts.”

Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse, said in a statement: “Typhoon Yutu caused massive devastation on the islands of Saipan and Tinian. Hundreds of families are hurting — many of whom are now homeless and lack access to basic necessities like shelter and clean water.”

He added, “We are coming alongside them to meet their immediate physical needs while also sharing the hope of Jesus Christ. Please pray for everyone affected by the storm.”

Samaritan’s Purse “responds to the physical and spiritual needs of individuals in crisis situations — especially in locations where few others are working.”

Samaritan’s Purse works “in more than 100 countries to provide aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution.”

Source: Marianas Variety :

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