16 Nov 2009

Rebuilding of classrooms underway in American Samoa

4:21 pm on 16 November 2009

Work has begun in American Samoa to set up portable classrooms for five public elementary schools that were damaged by the tsunami in September.

The pouring of concrete for slabs to erect classrooms at Matatula Elementary School should be completed soon, before the construction team moves on to four other elementary schools.

Taputapu Elementary School in Poloa was completely destroyed and five portable classrooms will be set up at a nearby school, while officials try to secure a permanent new site for the school.

The portable classrooms, which can accommodate two classes, have been used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency following other US disasters.

All the classrooms should be installed by early next month.