12 Oct 2009

Samoa says additional NZ and Australian help will rebuild homes

3:07 pm on 12 October 2009

The Samoan Prime Minister says millions of dollars in aid from Australia and New Zealand will help rebuild homes lost in the tsunami and repair damaged infrastructure.

The New Zealand and Australian governments have announced they will each give the Samoan government 4.5 million US dollars for the tsunami recovery.

The Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says families will be given some money to help rebuild homes, and five destroyed schools may have to be relocated inland.

He says he's happy with the support New Zealand and Australia are offering.

"Anything that we can get would be appreciated. We also are conscious of the fact that New Zealand and Australia are also going through the financial crisis and attention for the rebuilding of the economy are also taking up the attention of Australia and New Zealand."

The Prime Minister says electricity has almost been completely restored in Samoa.

But he says digging bore holes and laying pipelines to restore the water supply will take longer, and water is currently being provided by watertanks on trucks.