Samoa’s Cyclone Evan death toll at 5; 11 still missing
by tautalatala.com staff
Samoa’s death toll from Cyclone Evan stands at five with 11 missing says the latest Cyclone Evan report issued by the Samoa Government, the Eve of Christmas. The report notes that nine are lost at sea and two are lost on land.
The largest numbers of displaced people are from urban areas. This has related sanitation concerns given problems with inconsistent reticulated water supply in parts of this area. Villages in rural areas of Upolu also suffered losses of completely destroyed houses and displaced people, with the most significant damage and displacement in the districts of Lefaga, Safata, Siumu Falealili and Fagaloa.
More than half a million homes, according to the release, were completely destroyed.
Water to the following areas has been restored: Vaivase Uta, Vaivase Tai, Magiagi, Moataa, Apia Park, Vaiala, Vaipuna, Matautu Uta, Matautu Tai, Apia, Aai o Niue, Maluafou, Faatoia, part of Lelata, Maagao, Vailele, Vailima, Papaloloa, Papauta, Leufisa, Tanugamanono, Motootua Hospital area, Taufusi, Saleufi, Vaimea to Lepea, Alamagoto, Moamoa to Vaitele, Siusega going westwards to Leulumoega Tuai.
Supply to the Tupua Tamasese Meaole hospital at Motootua is now fully restored.
Establishment of water refilling stations for the public has started with two tanks installed behind the John Williams Building and another two at Malifa. The remaining tanks will be distributed and installed at strategic locations as they become available.
The rural water supply schemes that were yet to be fully restored (at the time of the report) include Aleisa, Tafitoala, Faleapuna, Tiavi, Aleipata, Saanapu and Salamumu, and Tiavea Uta & Tai. Samoa Water Authority teams are distributing generators to enable pumping of water from village boreholes.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) reports that the worst hit areas are Lefaga, Salamumu, Safata, Siumu, and Falealili Districts, including Aleisa and Cross-Island Road. In these areas, there is 100 percent loss of Banana trees, 50 percent loss of Breadfruit and 80 percent loss of other economically important crops (i.e. cocoa, citrus, and coffee). Root crops suffered a 30 percent loss. Livestock data is still being gathered, and there is estimated to be minimal damage to coastal fisheries.
Electricity has been restored to the following locations: the Central Business District from Matautu to Mulinuu, Tanugamanono to parts of Letogo and Moataa; Vaitele and Vaitele-Fou to Toamua and from the Chinese Embassy to the Matautu Wharf and Tuanaimato to Tanumapua.
Due to severe damage to the pen stocks for the hydro power plant at Lalomauga, the Electric Power Corporation has revised its plans to reinstate the power supply from this plant as early as possible by instigating the hiring of generators from development partners overseas to help minimize disruptions.
Two teams of linesman from Savaii were assisting in the Safata, Siumu and Falealili areas. The extra manpower will help hasten repair work, as electricity supply is also critical to power water pumps for water circulation.