24 Dec 2012

Water problems remain a key issue in Samoa in wake of Evan

4:11 pm on 24 December 2012

A lack of water remains a major issue in parts of Samoa ten days after Cyclone Evan though much of Apia is now back on the reticulated supply.

Two ten thousand litre storage tanks are also being set up in the capital.

The chairperson of the Disaster Advisory Committee Taulealea Malua, says they are prioritising the delivery of water to hospitals and shelters for those displaced.

He also says smaller areas that depend on aquifers are being given generators to pump the water because many are still not re-connected to the power grid.

"Water is now available in some of the areas in town, also in the rural areas there is water available because most of the rural areas have independent water schemes, so they are responsible for their own water systems. We have to be cautious of possible pathogens within the water body so we now have, through the kind assistance of the Australian government, purification tablets that can be used to treat the water before being used for domestic purposes."

Taulealea Malua says about 600 families are still living in relief shelters.