24 Dec 2012

Water still a worry in Samoa

10:29 pm on 24 December 2012

A lack of water remains a major issue in parts of Samoa 10 days after Cyclone Evan, although much of Apia is now back on the reticulated supply.

Two 10,000 litre storage tanks are also being set up in the capital.

The chairperson of the Disaster Advisory Committee, Taulealea Malua, says they are prioritising the delivery of water to hospitals and shelters for those displaced.

He also says smaller areas that depend on aquifers are being given generators to pump the water because many are still not re-connected to the power grid.

Purification tablets are being used to treat the water.

Mr Malua says about 600 families are still living in relief shelters.

Powerless in Fiji

In Fiji, the Lautoka Chamber of Commerce says half of the city's businesses are still without power following Cyclone Evan.

Lautoka was the hardest hit when the cyclone struck a week ago and the clean up is nearing completion.

The President of the Chamber of Commerce, Byara Singh says with half of all businesses waiting to have electricity restored, the business community will suffer.

Mr Singh says the repairs needed to have been made a priority, and more private contractors hired to do the work.