9 Nov 2009

Damage to infrastructure in American Samoa post tsunami now valued at US$81.5m

12:49 pm on 9 November 2009

The US Federal Emergency Management Agency estimates damages to infrastructure and government facilities in American Samoa from the September 29th disaster now stand at US $81.5 million.

The federal agency has begun the paperwork to finance reconstruction of damaged roads, buildings, utilities, and other infrastructure and expects that a total of 200 projects will be submitted for federal funding.

FEMA normally funds 75% while the local government funds the balance however there have been cases where a lower local share has been approved.

FEMA has been pleased with the progress of power restoration efforts.

The larger of only two power plants in the territory was destroyed by the tsunami.

But the Federal coordinating Officer for FEMA, Kenneth Tingman, says the response to help with generation has gone well:

"We ordered up about 56 generators to put in different places around the island to help with the drain on the Tapuna plant and it has been an overwhelming success."