9 Dec 2008

American Samoa hit by heavy rain

2:15 pm on 9 December 2008

Extensive rain over the past day is causing concern in American Samoa.

Our correspondent in Pago Pago, Monica Miller, says there had been 6 inches or 150 millimetres of rain in the 24 hours until this morning at seven.

She says the impacts are widespread with some schools closed by flooding and two landslides blocking key routes.

"Nothing that put lives in danger but it certainly interrupted travel, especially from the North Shore as well as the eastern side of the island - the areas that live right by the mountains. So it is causing a bit of a worry and residents have been told, especially those living close to streams, that they need to make arrangements maybe to seek higher ground in case the water banks over flow."

Monica Miller