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Water supply returns to Samoa after cyclone

Wednesday January 9, 2013 - 20:53 EDT
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Debris lays strewn after Cyclone Evan tore through Samoa, December 14, 2012. - ABC

Samoa's Water Authority says all its customers have now been reconnected to the water supply following last month's devastating cyclone.

Cyclone Evan damaged parts of the country's water supply system, especially on the main island of Upolu.

Managing director Tainau Titimaea says the cyclone experience has shown that the Samoa Water Authority needs to reposition some pipelines, buy more water delivery trucks and take on extra staff.

Mr Titimaea told Radio Australia's his repair crews are exhausted after the non-stop work to restore Upolu's water supply.

"At this stage, I'd say 95 per cent of our customers have got water now.

"The other five per cent are the people who haven't got the water probably due to leakages and blockages, but all out mains on the island of Upolu are now on."

Five people died and at least 12 people are still missing in Samoa in the wake of Cyclone Evan.


© ABC 2013

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