24 Jan 2011

American Samoa grapples with disruption to power and water after cyclone

7:40 pm on 24 January 2011

The recovery effort is underway in American Samoa now the cyclone has passed the Samoa group.

The emergency operations centre says a lot of families have been moved to evacuation centres as their houses have suffered damage.

A spokesperson for the centre, David Brown says certain villages are coping with the effects the cyclone has left behind.

"A lot of villages are dealing with a lot of power outages and water problems because of the rain overflooding certain water facilities. And a lot of the public are kind of concerned, and we are trying to be patient with them and make sure that when we do turn the water on they are filtered and able to drink."

David Brown says the numbers of people and homes affected has yet to be fully ascertained.