5 Oct 2009

Prayer services in two Samoas remember tsunami victims

8:40 pm on 5 October 2009

Major national church services have been held in Samoa and American Samoa to remember the victims of last week's tsunami.

Relief aid work in both Samoas was halted on Sunday local time to allow people a day of mourning and prayer.

The overall death toll from last week's tsunami has reached 176 across Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga night but 12 people remain unaccounted for, raising fears the death toll could rise higher.

135 people died in Samoa and eight are missing after the tsunami.

At least 32 people have died in American Samoa, while nine died in Tonga.