9 Jun 2003

American Samoa to receive funding after being declared a federal disaster area

8:15 am on 9 June 2003

The US President, George Bush, has declared American Samoa a federal disaster area following the flooding and landslides in the territory last month.

Four people were killed, many people were left homeless and up to fifty million dollars worth of damage was caused by the torrential rain.

The declaration by President Bush gives American Samoa access to three relief funds to help individuals and re build buildings and roads.

A team from the Federal Emergency Mangement Agency is due in the territory tomorrow to establish an office.

Territorial government teams are also conducting their own assessment of the damage caused.

The American Samoan Red Cross says it has identified 600 families needing help