22 May 2003

American Samoa institutions recover after Tuesday's floods

6:19 am on 22 May 2003

A state of emergency remains in force in American Samoa after this week's flooding but most activity will be back to normal today.

The mudlides claimed four lives, including three members of an extended family.

17-year-old Chang Talosaga who returned to a house to try and help his father was killed when raging waters and mudslides pulled him down.

His father survived but is in a critical condition.

Chang's cousin Felise Mikaele, who was also 17, and his uncle, Tino Tupa'i, who was in his 20s, also perished when they came to help.

The fourth fatality occurred when an old commercial building collapsed, killing a woman inside.