Extracted from UMCOR Hotline 24 Feb
In early January, Cyclone Heta ravaged American Samoa, in the South Pacific, destroying or severely damaging some 1,600 homes, causing infrastructure damage, and damaging or destroying fruit and vegetable crops. Ninety percent of the affected families live below poverty level.
Episcopal Relief and Development is providing support to victims of Cyclone Heta which hit American Samoain the Pacific in early January. Winds, flash flooding, and strong waves damaged homes and destroyed crops. The cyclone caused power outages and disrupted phone service. An estimated 600 people remain in shelters and hundreds of other people have been displaced from their homes.
Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - Cyclone Heta, the first tropical storm of the year, devastated the U.S. island territory of American Samoa and the neighboring nation of Samoa when it roared through the South Pacific Ocean on Jan. 4.
By Andrew Macalister, New Zealand
WTPS31 PGTW 060900
MSGID/GENADMIN/NAVPACMETOCCEN PEARL HARBOR HI/JTWC//
SUBJ/TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING//
IMMEDIATE DELIVERY REQ TO AMEMBASSY SUVA
AMEMBASSY SUVA REQ PASS TO USAID OFDA ADVISOR
1. TROPICAL CYCLONE 07P (HETA) WARNING
01 ACTIVE TROPICAL CYCLONE IN SOUTHPAC
06 January 2004, Sydney 09:00 EDT
06 January 2004, Sydney 12:00 EDT
05 January 2004, Sydney 19:00 EDT
05 January 2004, Sydney 09:00 EDT
04 January 2004, Sydney 18:00 EDT
A small cyclonic system has formed about 300 nautical miles northwest of Apia or 100 nautical miles southwest of Tokelau. It is moving towards the north-northeast but is predicted to curve toward the south in the next few days. Countries or Island Dependencies which could be affected include Samoa, American Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga and Niue. The storm is small in intensity although slow strengthening is predicted. At this point damage to any of these areas would likely be minimal to locally moderate given the small size of the storm, confined to crops and insecure dwellings.