28 Jan 2013

Samoa's Evan toll exceeds US$219m

11:33 am on 28 January 2013

Tropical cyclone Evan caused over 219 million US dollars in damages in Samoa.

The category 3 cyclone smashed into Upolu causing widespread damage in the country.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi made the statements on the costs in Parliament during discussion of the Supplementary Budget to fund the damages caused by the cyclone.

The cyclone killed four people with eleven more missing. They are feared dead.

The Samoa Observer reports Tuilaepa saying the total damage bill includes damages to homes, environment, businesses and public infrastructure such as roads, water and electricity.

He told Parliament a report about the damage, which details everything, has been completed.

He added this will be distributed to the international community including funding agencies like the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and others.

Tuilaepa also had some harsh words for the big economies for as he put it polluting the environment.

Tuilaepa did not say who these economies were, but said their negligence is costing small countries like Samoa.