Red Cross Makes Urgent Appeal For Fighting Against Cyclone Maysak

The Red Cross has said thousands of people in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) are in desperate need of food, water and shelter after the islands were struck by Super Typhoon Maysak.

The typhoon was predicted to hit the northern Philippines late Saturday or early Sunday as millions of Filipinos enjoy the Easter weekend holiday.

Red Cross's executive director in Micronesia, Isao Frank Jr, said nine people were killed and thousands were displaced. Isao added there is still no communication with the islands of Fais and Ulithi in the state of Yap that is believed to have taken a direct hit from Maysak.

It is estimated by Red Criss that at least 5,000 people are in need of emergency assistance.

"Both governors from the states of Chuuk and Yap have made declarations and [are] requesting ... additional support," Mr Frank said. "Agencies such as USAID, they also have people on the ground who are trying to assess the damage. "There's an outcry from both states."

"We are saddened to learn of the deaths and devastation to our neighboring islands and send our support for a speedy recovery," Bank of Guam President Lou Leon Guerrero said.

The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) administrator Melinda Espinosa said most concrete structures withstood the fury but everything else was damaged.