14 Jan 2010

Samoa PM wants tsunami victims to be more patient

3:05 pm on 14 January 2010

Samoa's Prime Minister has responded to criticism that the government has been slow in rebuilding hundreds of devastated family homes by calling on tsunami victims to be more patient.

Several families in the Aleipata area badly affected by last September's tsunami are still living in temporary shelters.

They have raised concerns, with some suggesting the government should have given them the 7,500 US dollar home aid instead of letting them wait.

However, the prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, says it would be good if the government had 200 builders to do the job.

But he says they rely on help unpaid carpenters and builders from overseas who are currently on holiday and due to return soon.

Tuilaepa says the shortage of building supplies in local shops and companies is another contributing factor in the slow process.