20 Dec 2012

Aid pledged to assist cyclone recovery in Samoa

7:21 am on 20 December 2012

Several countries have pledged to increase assistance to Samoa in the wake of Cyclone Evan.

This has been confirmed as Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi chaired a National Disaster Council meeting yesterday which looked at immediate relief and early recovery needs.

As the meeting took place, Australia announced a US$1 million assistance package, including shelter kits, tents, tools, generators, bedding and linen.

The United States has upped its overall assistance package to $150,000 to the Samoa Red Cross Society for immediate cyclone relief efforts, and technical expertise.

Earlier, the World Bank approved $14.8 million to "help the Samoan Government improve the West Coast Road's resilience to extreme weather events".

New Zealand is giving an additional 1.7 million US dollars to both Samoa and Fiji to assist the next stage of recovery from Cyclone Evan.

It comes on top of grants already made of 500,000 dollars to Samoa and 337,000 to Fiji.