12 Aug 2014

FEMA arrives in American Samoa

7:14 am on 12 August 2014

An official with the US Federal Emergency Management Agency arrived over the weekend in American Samoa to assess damage in the territory caused by heavy rain, flooding and landslides two weeks ago.

The agency was expected to send a small team of professionals to participate in a joint Preliminary Damage Assessments with local officials.

However, the territory's Homeland Security director Iuniasolua Savusa says only one official arrived on Saturday afternoon and departs tonight.

Savusa says the territorial government has already briefed the official on damage to government facilities and the villages severely impacted by the flooding and landslide.

The assessment report is expected to be submitted to the governor today.