Schools in the Vaimauga district of Samoa's capital of Apia have closed today because of heavy rain and a flood warning.
Samoa College, Avele College and Vaivase Primary have been closed as a precaution, after the meteorology division forecast heavy rain for the whole country.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture, Matafeo Tanielu Aiafi, also says some schools have not opened for classes this year due to damage from Cyclone Evan, which struck in December.
Matafeo says they are taking each day as it comes, but the safety of school children is of paramount importance.
"We have closed most schools especially the ones near the river, the area in Vaimauga district, so we have closed for the safety of the children because the rain has been non-stop for the last three days. So we have closed the schools until the rain eases off and also the flooding so in the low-lying areas, especially in the town area, that people find it very difficult to travel."
Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture, Matafeo Tanielu Aiafi.