3 Jan 2014

Road closed in Samoa due to flooding

5:36 pm on 3 January 2014

A main road in the east of Upolu in Samoa has been closed for repairs after sustaining damage from flooding.

Disaster Management officials say heavy rain has caused widespread flooding in low lying areas and all rivers across the country.

The assistant chief executive of the Disaster Management Office says the worst flooding is affecting the Vaisigano river in Apia and the Mali'oli'o and Lano rivers, both on Sava'ii.

Filomena Nelson says the most damage occurred on part of the main road to Aleipata in Ti'avea village, where a mini-van accident occurred early on Thursday, which left two dead and two missing.

"The road is now closed for several days until we get it fixed by a contractor. The Land Transport Authority has closed the road and they're going to have a contractor to have it fixed before it is open to the public."

Filomena Nelson says residents in Samoa are being advised to boil water before drinking and to avoid playing in the floodwaters.