22 Feb 2010

FEMA approves more than ten million dollars in tsunami assistance in American Samoa

3:52 pm on 22 February 2010

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved ten point three million US dollars under its public assistance programme, for the repair or rebuilding of damaged public infrastructure following the tsunami in September.

To date FEMA has funded 64 of an estimated 181 projects, with the agency paying about 90% and the local recipient meeting the balance.

The bulk of the aid, eight point four million dollars, has gone to the American Samoa Power Authority, mostly to restore the electricity supply.

The American Samoa Telecommunication Authority receives 358 thousand dollars to restore communications and for temporary repairs.

And the Department of Parks and Recreations got nearly 300 thousand US dollars to repair sport grounds, replace restrooms and picnic shelters, and to repair seawalls.

The Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources has got nearly 258 thousand, mostly to replace its 11 vehicles which were destroyed in the tsunami.