Cyclone slams Samoa

Posted On Aug 17 2019 by

first_imgCyclone Evan has ravaged Samoa and its capital, Apia, on Thursday and now the island nation is bracing for a second bout of turmoil as the storm looks set to return.The Samoan government has declared a state of disaster, issuing gale force wind warnings, the ABC reported.Airports and sea ports across the country have been shut down and home evacuations undertaken.Cyclonic conditions caused power to the island to be cut off, infrastructure damage, trees torn down and flash flooding throughout Apia.Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment’s Taulealea Usunai said weather conditions were expected to intensify once again as the cyclone moves back towards Samoa.“There is a possibility that it may turn around,” Mr Usunai said.“At the moment we are coping, but in calling for international assistance during the cyclone it will be difficult to get help into the country because airports are closed and so are the ports.”Two children are believed to have drowned near Apia Park after flash floods devastated the area.The Disaster Management Office has not confirmed the deaths, but as is traditional in Samoa, families have posted announcements on state radio, advising of the tragedy.The US territory of American Samoa was preparing to be hit but has so far only experienced high winds.Cyclone Evan is thought to be one of the most powerful to hit the Pacific nation in 20 years. Cyclone Evan is set to return to further wreak havoc on Samoa. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more