19 Oct 2013

World Bank gives grants to Samoa for Cyclone Evan damage

6:07 am on 19 October 2013

The World Bank has approved two grants totalling 25 million US dollars to help Samoa rebuild critical roads and bridges and to restore livelihoods following Cyclone Evan last December.

The first grant will provide 20 million dollars for repairs and help upgrade existing road infrastructure to strengthen its resilience to climate change and extreme weather events.

The Bank says the second grant of five million dollars is for assistance through the distribution of vouchers to about 7,000 cyclone-affected farmers and fishers so that they can purchase necessary farm assets to re-establish their agricultural activities

About 100 commercial farmers and aquaculturalists will also receive support.

Additionally, the Bank will assist the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries to repair damaged facilities.