4 Mar 2005

American Samoa given access to more assistance

6:43 pm on 4 March 2005

Disaster Assistance for the Manu'a Islands in American Samoa has been expanded to include aid for individuals and for the local government affected by Cyclone Olaf.

The Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Michael Brown, says the additional assistance approved by President Bush following a review of damage data gathered by federal and state disaster recovery officials.

Under the original declaration issued by the President on February 18, the territory was designated for assistance for debris removal and emergency protective measures.

John Treanor from FEMA says the additional assistance will be useful.

"The two forms of assistance that we can now offer them is individual assistance which means rental assistance and helping them repair their homes and that type of thing and also public assistance which is how we help the local government repair the roads and bridges and public buildings and what not."

John Treanor from FEMA