Samoa starts to assess the costs of rebuilding after Evan

Updated at 4:42 am on 18 December 2012

The Prime Minister of Samoa is estimating it will the cost the country more than 125 million US dollars to repair the damage caused by Cyclone Evan.

He says this includes the rebuilding of schools and roads and restoring power lines.

Don Wiseman has more:

"The Ministry of Education has reported that 7 schools are completely destroyed, 9 have suffered major damage and 35 have sustained minor damage. The National Disaster Council toured Upolu on Monday and the Government reports that the main coastal road network is almost completely clear. In a statement it says all ports are safe, that the only concern is debris from the floods, though Mulifanua cannot operate because it has no power supply. Electricity is restored in the Apia CBD, water supplies are improving, as are mobile phone services.A state of emergency is now also in place and will apply for 30 days."

Meanwhile, there's growing concern about illness and disease in Samoa in the wake of Cyclone Evan.

The director general of health and chief executive of the minister of health in Samoa, Palantina Toelupe, says the numbers seeking medical help has risen dramatically in the past day or so.

You know it is now 2 days after, 3 days after. There's a lot more people coming in with upper respiratory infections, and there's young children with signs of skin infections. And of course we are beginning to worry about the possibility of water borne diseases and food borne diseases.

The director general of health and chief executive of the minister of health in Samoa, Palantina Toelupe.

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