28 Sep 2011

Samoa government to host memorial service for tsunami victims

3:04 pm on 28 September 2011

The Samoa government will host a memorial service to mark the second year of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 140 people in Samoa.

A total of 186 people were killed, 34 in American Samoa and nine in Tonga, as well as those in Samoa.

The disaster on the 29 of September 2009 also damaged more than 500 homes of families living on the southern coastal area of Upolu island.

The memorial service this Sunday will be held at the government's burial site at Tafaigata where more than ten victims of the tsunami are buried.

The service will also mark the beginning of this year's prayer and fasting week.

Several villages in the tsunami area will also conduct memorial services on Thursday.