18 Dec 2012

Cyclone Evan causes major damage to crops in Samoa

6:50 pm on 18 December 2012

The president of the Samoa Farmers' Association, Afamasaga Toleafoa, says the damage that Cyclone Evan has caused to crops on the island of Upolu, is similar to that inflicted by major cyclone's of the early 1990s.

Disaster relief officials are struggling to assess the damage of Evan which struck the country late last week, killing at least five people.

27 evacuation centres are providing temporary accommodation for more than 4,000 people who were displaced by the cyclone and associated flooding.

Afamasaga Toleafoa says Upolu bore the brunt of the cyclone and says it will have a big impact on the food supply.

"You're looking at a six to eight month scenario until the food production is back to hopefully normal. It will probably take a whole year before you know the whole thing is back to normal."

Afamasaga Toleafoa says the cyclone has also affected exports because with the power down, they can't put the fruit into refrigeration.