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A State Of Disaster Declared In Samoa After Cyclone
Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-12/14/c_132040322.htm
Source Date: Friday, December 14, 2012
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Country: Samoa
Created: Dec 14, 2012

WELLINGTON, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- A state of disaster has been declared after Tropical Cyclone Evan made landfall in Apia on Upolu. local press reported Friday.

The storm has destroyed homes and crops, brought down trees, cut power and caused widespread flooding.

Radio New Zealand said Friday that there were reports that children went missing near Vaisigano River which runs through Apia.

Savali News editor Tavita Terence told Radio New Zealand that Vaisigano River broke its banks on Thursday and bridges and cars were washed away. "Last night, 400 people had to be evacuated from their homes alongside the river," he said.

The cyclone had moved away from neighboring American Samoa on Friday and was taking a course back to the western part of Samoa.

Samoa Meteorological Services said a hurricane warning remained in effect for Upolo and a hurricane watch was in effect for Savai' i island. The storm was 50 km north of Apia at 9 a.m. on Friday.

In American Samoa, heavy rain and wind gusts were forecast for the rest of the day. Police said there had been no major damage, injuries or incidents caused by the weather, reports said.

The cyclone is expected to move south or southwest on Friday evening toward Fiji or possibly Niue.
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