CNMI gets over US$25m typhoon assistance

Survivors of Typhoon Soudelor on Saipan in the Northern Marianas have received more than US$25 million dollars in federal assistance.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has given just over $20 million in assistance to households on the island.

In addition the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved nearly $5.9 million in low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, and businesses.

The bulk of the federal funding has gone on household assistance, covering rents and repairs.

It has also provided money for items such as uninsured damage to an essential vehicle, disaster-related moving and storage expenses, and some medical and dental costs.

The Small Business Administration has given money to 70 homeowners and renters, and provided 25 business loans worth more than $3.6 million.