17 Oct 2009

Samoa government approves compensation for tsunami victims

8:47 am on 17 October 2009

The Samoa government has approved financial compensation for the families of people who died during the tsunami last month through the Accident Compensation Corporation or ACC.

The Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, says the compensation will cover contributors of the ACC who died in the natural disaster as well as non-contributors, such as the elderly and children.

The prime minister says families of the elderly will be getting three

thousand US dollars or seven and a half thousand tala for each person who died, while compensation for children who died is set at one and a half thousand dollars or 3 thousand Samoan tala.

The families of the dead contributors will be compensated according to the ACC policies.

The cabinet will be meeting today to finalise the financial relief package for the loss of lives and the government's financial relief aid for rebuilding homes.

Tuilapea is expected to announce all the details this afternoon.

Meanwhile the number of confirmed dead in Samoa as a result of the tsunami two weeks ago stands at 143 with five missing.