6 Oct 2009

Water restored to much of Samoa, but not to drinking standard

10:09 am on 6 October 2009

The disaster response in Samoa continues as villages begin to rebuild.

The confirmed death toll from last week's tsunami stands at 176, with most of those dead from Samoa, but there are still at least 12 people unaccounted for.

Samoa's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment says running water has been restored in some of the villages.

It says the water is not yet to drinking standard, and it's telling people to use it only for washing and bathroom needs.

Distributing drinking water remains a priority, and the New Zealand Defence Force's helicopters have been invaluable in delivering aid to hard to reach areas.