19 Dec 2012

Samoa's cyclone damage assessed on Upolu east coast

6:14 pm on 19 December 2012

The Samoan government says further assessments after Cyclone Evan show the damage in the east of Upolu is not as serious as in some other parts of the island.

The Chief Executive of the Office of the Prime Minister, Vaosa Epa, says in that area which was badly hit by the tsunami three years ago, some homes and crops were destroyed and power lines are down.

She says ways are being found to accommodate those who cannot return to their homes.

"The village councils are trying to organise people into either into some of the school buildings that were not affected or some of the church ministers' homes and halls that were not affected - so they congregate them there and then assistance is going out to them there."

Vaosa Epa says some of the displaced people are being put up in the Apia area, such as at Samoa College, at the university and in the hospital's nurses home.