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Micronesia on alert as Tropical Storm Bopha intensifies

Thursday November 29, 2012 - 12:12 EDT

Tropical storm warnings remain in effect for parts of the Federated States of Micronesia.

Satellite imagery shows that Tropical Storm Bopha is continuing to intensify, with winds increasing up to 80 kilometres an hour.

Forecasters say Tropical Storm Bopha is moving in a westerly direction, a little over 100 nautical miles south of Chuuk.

Sosten Maras, from the Weather Service in Chuuk, has told Radio Australia's fishing has been affected by the high seas.

"There is no fisherman who went out during the typhoon, they just stayed inland," he said.

Mr Maras says Tropical Storm Bopha has drifted away from the state of Chuuk and is now moving towards Yap.

Food shortage

Meanwhile, the tropical storm is delaying the shipment of emergency supplies to a school on a remote island.

Staff and more than 270 boarders at the school have been relying on the local community to feed them for nearly a week now.

The head of Micronesia's Department of Education, Gardenia Aisek, told Pacific Beat they have supplies ready to be sent once Tropical Storm Bopha passes.

Ms Aisek says they don't know how the school could have run out of food.

"I am surprised why the school is having shortages of food because the Department of Education had sent out enough food to last them until December 31," she said.

"I'm kind of wondering what happened out there, what happened at that high school, that school received a lot of food supplies, some of the schools didn't receive supplies, and yet they're managing."


- ABC

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