Palau Cyclone Haiyan Situation Report

Download PDF here: Situation Report Palau Typhoon Haiyan

What Happened
BackgroundOn November 7, Typhoon Haiyan swept to the north of the more heavily populated islands of Micronesia, causing significant damages to all areas of Koror, Badeldaob and complete devastation of Kayangel State.

Situation Overview

No fatalities or serious injuries have been reported in initial assessments. However, 69 residents are without shelter, food and water.

Following the typhoon, OCHA requested the activation of the Digital Humanitarian Network to support the relief efforts. Humanity Road volunteers have been monitoring social media, amplifying official guidance, providing the public with links to official sources of disaster response aid information and providing support for the Digital Humanitarian response efforts. To date 9 volunteers have contributed 35 volunteer hours in support of the Palau media monitoring and crisis mapping efforts.


Timeline of event


Nov 11 UNOCHA Flash Update 4 published

Nov 9 GISCorps Map of photos/impact reports for Palau

Nov 8 Palauwave Radio interview with Delegate Noah Kemesong

Nov 8 Radio Australia Interview with Blas Lawrence on impacts on Kayangal

Nov 8 Palau Online News reported that – President Remengesau yesterday declared a National State of Emergency through Executive Order No. 352, following the Super Typhoon Haiyan that passed by the island on Wednesday night through Thursday and caused significant damages to all areas of Koror, Babeldaob and complete devastation to Kayangel State. As stated in the EO, the declaration of state of emergency was recommended by the National Emergency Committee chaired by Vice President Antonio Bells. source


The main damage has been to the northern states of Kayangel, Ngerchelong and Ngaraard. A map showing initial reports of damage to Palau is available here.

The northernmost state of Kayangel was completely inundated and all homes destroyed. There are no fatalities or serious injuries reported, however 69 residents are without shelter, food and water, including 22 children and two elderly. A medical team arrived via helicopter earlier today with water, food and medical supplies and a patrol boat will evacuate residents tomorrow.

Several other low-lying coastal areas reported damage to structures as a result of inundation due to the storm surge. Schools in at least three states have been damaged by severe winds.

In Koror, there are reports of trees and power lines down, and houses damaged, particularly rooftops blown away by the 120 km/h winds. Photos of the impact on Koror are available here.

Initial damage assessments by the Government and International Organization for Migration (IOM) continue in Yap State. There are no reports of casualties or major damage from the outer islands at this time, however, the small island of Ngulu was completely inundated by approximately half a metre of water.

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INITIAL SUMMARY – PALAU – Nov 7 7:30am local time

This is an initial situation report.  Additional information and impacts and guidance may be forthcoming or found through official source links listed below.

US National Weather Service in Guam says the typhoon appears to have swept to the north of the more heavily populated islands of Micronesia. Palau’s government offices and schools will remain shut until Friday. The Palau National Emergency Management Office, NEMO, is advising the public to tune into local broadcasters for updates and to stock up on emergency supplies.

KAYANGEL ISLAND  (population 200)

The small island of Kayangel, north of Koror, experienced the eye.  There are no reports of damage, although power is out in some areas.

KOROR ISLAND (population 14,000)

Jessy Ilele from the Palau Pacific Resort in Koror says they only experienced the edge of the storm, and damage appears to be minimal.  “At the moment, there’s still some gusty winds,” he said. “There’s some trees laying down and debris, but it’s not really that bad. “The typhoon didn’t really actually hit us, it just passed by a little.”

source: Radio Australia

Republic of Palau is an island country – population 21,000 spread across 250 islands forming the western chain of the Caroline Islands. The most populous island is Koror with 14,000 or 70% of the population of the country source:

National & Regional Links
Office of the President of Republic of Palau FaceBook

Palau Gov website

Palau United Nations

Koror State Gov website

Koror State Gov FaceBook

Palau Visitors Authority website

Palau Wave Radio PWFM 89.9

Emergency Numbers
Dial 911 


Palau National Communications Corp WiFi hotspots
UNOCHA FLASH UPDATE #3 Nov 7 (PDF)Work to restore water services and power has begun. As radio stations remain offline, information is being shared via mobile/cell phone, although network coverage is intermittent. Most landlines remained operational throughout.


Palau Public Utilities Corporation

The Palau Public Utilities Corporation (PPUC) is a public corporation established to manage and operate the electrical power system of the Republic of Palau.

Traditional Media and blogs
NewsPalau Online News

Australia Network News


FM 89.9 radio



#Palau #Koror #Palauwave
Palau High School Facebook page
Rock Island Cafe,  Koror Palau Facebook PagePalau Pacific Resort Facebook Page
Maps and Situational awareness reports
GISCorps Palau Incident Map


Nov 6 Reliefweb:

Nov. 7 – OCHA  Initial Damage Map:

Nov 11 – OCHA Report on Reliefweb:

UNOCHA FLASH UPDATE #3 Nov 7 (PDF)The causeway linking the hospital to the main island is now open after being inaccessible due to inundation this morning. The relocation of critical patients has commenced and emergency room services have reopened.


#Palau National Hospital was closed on Nov 6 @ 3pm due to #Haiyan and patients evacuated source: #hmrd

Central Community Health Center next to the Koror State Government building and the Public Health Building in Meyuns will be the 2 sites receiving emergency cases during the Typhoon.

All shelters in Babeldaob and Koror will have a nurse at hand for basic medical care.

Source: Ministry of Health (PDF) Nov 6 9am local time

For Koror State residents:Ngerchemai – Emmaus

Iyebukel – Mindszenty

Idid – Maris Stella

Meyuns – Bai ra Meyuns


The Koror shelters are not hamlet specific, so anyone needing to go to a shelter can go to the nearest, most convenient.

Outside of Koror:

Aimeliik – Ngerkeai Community Center & Bai ra Medorm

Ngardmau State Typhoon Shelter

Kayangel – State Offfice

Ngerchelong – State Office

Ngaraard – Choll, Elab, Ngebuked and Ulimang residents will use the Bai ra Choll.

Residents of Ngkeklau will be evacuated to Ngerulmud.

@ Ngerulmud:

1st Floor – Ngchesar State residents

2nd Floor – Ngiwal State residents

3rd Floor – Ngkeklau residents

Capitol Rotunda – Melekeok State residents

Ngeremlengui State – State Office and Elementary School

Airai State – Bai ra Melengel, Ngerusar Center, Airai Elementary School, Ngetkib Bai and Bai Ruluong

Ngatpang – Ibobang School, Church and the Ngatpang State office

Peleliu – Old Age Center / Bokungo ra ikrel a beluu

Angaur – Angaur Elementary & the Catholic Church

(People needing special assistance evacuating can contact police)

Southwest Islands are outside the storm area.


ReuniteUse Text messaging or update your social media status if voice lines are busy.  Also, you can contact the Red Cross for assistance in locating missing family members.
Red Cross
UNOCHA FLASH UPDATE #3 Nov 7 (PDF)The Palau Red Cross Society has set-up its Emergency Operations Centre and has around 20 volunteers available to support initial assessments.

Micronesia Red Cross  (691) 3207077

P.O. Box 2405


FM 96941 Pohnpei

Postal Address :

P.O. Box 2405



Phone :        (691) 3207077

Fax :        (691) 3206531

Email :   [email protected]

Animals in Disaster
Animal Rescue Groups
Palau Animal Welfare Society/Koror State Animal ShelterTelephone: (680) 488-3678

Clinic Tel: (680) 488-5645

Fax: (680) 488-5513

Emergencies: 775-1068 | 775-1161

Email: [email protected]

Blood Donations
Donations (In kind or physical donation needs)
Urgent Needs Information
Kayangel:  Population 69 – all accounted for and no injuries.  A helicopter pilot who flew to Kayangel on Thursday afternoon reported the island had received major damage to structures and trees, the Palau National Emergency Committee (NEC) said. Source
Transportation, Infrastructure and Road Conditions:
Roman Tmetuchl International Airport is the main airport of Palau. It is located just north of Airai on Babelthuap (Babeldaob) island. The airport is 6 miles (4 km) from Koror and 15 miles (25 km) from Melekeok.Palau Airport FaceBook
Picture Links
Nov 7 NGERBECHED PALAU – local FB photos 8 UN OCHA photos from Kayangel:

Nov 8

Nov 7, Australia Network: 8, Audio from Radio Australia:
Volunteers reporting in:Chris, Catherine, Christoph, Alice, Cindy, Gerald, Judith, Nadia, Aline