23 Mar 2004

Heta damage in American Samoa now US$9m

1:05 pm on 23 March 2004

The federal assessment of damage to public property in American Samao caused by Cyclone Heta currently stands at nine million US dollars.

The Federal Emergency Mangement Agency, or FEMA, says it expects that figure to go higher once assessments are completed..

A spokesperson for FEMA, Ana Marcelo, gave details of the damage:

"The utilities, and jetties, near the water areas. Roads of course. Major damage."

A spokesperson for FEMA, Ana Marcelo

Under the Public Assessment programme, the US government pays 75 percent of the cost to repair damage to infrastructure.

The American Samoan government would be expected to pay the remaining 25 per cent.

But the territory's Lieutenant Governor, Aitofele Sunia, says American Samoa will soon submit a request to either lower, or be excused paying its share