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04 Oct 2017 description

What is the Pacific Humanitarian Team?

The Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) is a network of humanitarian organizations that work together to assist the Pacific Island countries in preparing for and responding to disasters.

15 May 2016 description

Work is finally set to begin to American Samoa schools wrecked by the tsunami in 2009.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International.

09 Mar 2015 description

Clearance has finally been given for a school destroyed by the 2009 tsunami in American Samoa to be rebuilt.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

21 Apr 2010 description

(UTULEI: Wednesday, April 21, 2010) - Governor Togiola Tulafono today proudly accepted a gift of books and school supplies from the employees of the Department of the Interior.

Interior Field Representative in American Samoa, Lydia Faleafine-Nomura, on behalf of Secretary Ken Salazar and Assistant Secretary for Insular Affairs Tony Babauta, presented to Governor Togiola a thousand pounds of books and school supplies for distribution to the students of the schools that were damaged by the September 29, 2009 tsunami.

"Two days after the tsunami, Assistant Secretary Anthony Babauta …

05 Oct 2009 description

Tsunami Recovery American Samoa

On September 29, 2009, at 1:48 p.m. EDT, an 8.0 magnitude undersea earthquake occurred 140 miles southwest of American Samoa generating a tsunami. At approximately 2:25 p.m.

02 Oct 2009 description

This report was issued by OCHA New York. It covers the period from 01/10/09 to 02/10/09.


- At least 129 people dead and over 15,000 people affected in Samoa.

- The Government of Samoa estimates the total damage at US$ 70 million.

- Niuatoputapu is the most affected island in Tonga.

- Nine deaths reported in Tonga. An estimated 800 people are displaced.

- Emergency operations are ongoing in Samoa and Tonga; potable water is the priority concern.