By Amy Coopes
APIA, Oct 1, 2009 (AFP) - Rescuers
reached scenes of stunning devastation on Wednesday after a killer tsunami
obliterated Samoan island villages, killing at least 148 people and leaving
scores more missing.
As distraught relatives picked through
the rubble of homes and tourist resorts destroyed by Tuesday's 8.0-magnitude
earthquake that triggered a tsunami, aid workers were left breathless at
"The devastation was astronomical,
worse than anything I have ever seen," said Peter Bendinelli, head
of the non-profit group Caritas Samoa.