14 Dec 2012

Two adults in Samoa confirmed dead

5:38 pm on 14 December 2012

The two fatalities from Cyclone Evan in Samoa are adults from Magiagi.

The editor of Le Weekend newspaper Merita Huch says one is a man in his 30s who was swept away while trying to rescue villagers, many of whom lived near the Magiagi river.

His body was found by police this morning by the Vasigano bridge.

Another death is of an inmate who was assigned to the assistant commissioner's house in Magiagi and had gone to check relatives residing in Magiagi village but was swept off by the strong currents.

His body has not been recovered.

Ms Huch says there are reports of children missing from families who reside near rivers or the ocean.