3 Nov 2009

American Samoa leader dismissive of CNN tsunami report

2:51 pm on 3 November 2009

American Samoa's Acting Governor, Faoa Ipulasi Sunia, has labeled the Cable News Network report on the lack of a siren warning system for American Samoa as one-sided, biased and orchestrated by those with vested interests.

Faoa told listeners of the governor's radio program that the CNN team visited with the intention of stirring up controversy and only focused on the negative.

He explained that locations had been identified on all seven islands to install the warning system but there was no funding because it had been frozen.

Faoa also said that the CNN report kept showing images of homes, cars and property destroyed in the tsunami.

He said a siren warning system could not have prevented the destruction of these properties.