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18 Apr 2018 description

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has launched a helpline in American Samoa for people still needing assistance after February's Cyclone Gita.

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05 Apr 2018 description

The chiefs of an American Samoan village are urging people with homes damaged by February's Cyclone Gita to use federal funds to make repairs to their property.

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21 Mar 2018 description

Today we are pleased to launch the Australia-Pacific BRIDGE School Partnerships program as part of our commitment to strengthening links with our neighbours in the Pacific.

21 Mar 2018 description

Inspectors from the US Federal Emergency Management Agency will be arriving to conduct damage claim assessments on the ground in American Samoa following tropical cyclone Gita.

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21 Mar 2018 description

There's been a substantial increase in the number of homes in American Samoa reported to have been destroyed or damaged by Cyclone Gita last month.

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17 Mar 2018 description

Release date: March 11, 2018

Release Number: DR-4357-AS NR 001

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa – A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), jointly operated by the American Samoan Government (ASG) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is now open in Pago Pago to offer residents affected by Tropical Storm Gita resources for disaster assistance.

16 Mar 2018 description

StarKist Samoa made a donation of $50,000 to the American Samoa Government (ASG) to help in the Hurricane Gita relief efforts. Accepting the donation on behalf of ASG was Governor Lolo Moliga, Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga and several Cabinet members.

15 Mar 2018 description

A state of emergency in American Samoa has been extended for a further 30 days.

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03 Mar 2018 description

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the territory of American Samoa to supplement territory recovery efforts in the areas affected by Tropical Storm Gita from February 7 to February 12, 2018.

01 Mar 2018 description

If granted the US Presidential major disaster declaration would pave the way for more federal aide in the wake of Cyclone Gita.

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01 Mar 2018 description

Cyclone Gita has caused nearly $US7 million worth of damage to American Samoa's government buildings and other infrastructure.

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26 Feb 2018 description
report Airlink

Tropical Cyclone Gita passed by American Samoa on February 10, 2018. The storm caused flooding and damages in American Samoa, Tonga, and later in New Zealand as an ex-cyclone. Widespread damage, power outages, and potable water issues in American Samoa prompted immediate medical concerns. In partnership with Alaska Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, and United, Airlink is transporting four Mobile Medics International volunteers to assist people affected by the cyclone.

19 Feb 2018 description

The Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) is a network of humanitarian organizations that work together to assist the Pacific island countries prepare for and respond to disasters. During disasters, the PHT provides support to governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and communities in delivering a fast, effective and appropriate disaster response. Outside of disasters, the PHT works with the Pacific governments and partners to ensure that the necessary arrangements are in place to enable effective international support to nationally-led disaster response.

14 Feb 2018 description
  • Very strong winds, heavy rain and storm surge due to category 4 Tropical Cyclone GITA have affected the islands of 'Eua and Tongatapu (Tonga). GITA also passed close to Ono-I-Lau island (Fiji) on 13 February. On 14 February at 0.00 UTC, it was located 200 km south-west of Kandavu island and had maximum sustained winds of 213 km/h.
13 Feb 2018 description
  • Tropical Cyclone GITA passed near the islands of Eua (population 4 900) and Tongatapu (population 74 600) on 12 February morning UTC as an intense category 4 Tropical Cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 230 km/h. Very strong winds, heavy rains and storm surge affected the islands of Eua and Tongatapu, including the capital Nuku’alofa. On 13 February at 0.00 UTC, GITA was located 150 km south of Vatoa island (Lau archipelago, Fiji) and it had maximum sustained winds of 222 km/h.

13 Feb 2018 description

The situation

Tropical Cyclone (TC) Gita was initially monitored over the Pacific waters as a Tropical Depression 07F (TD07F) analyzed southeast of Vanuatu. TD07F was later upgraded to a Tropical Cyclone Category 1 as it moved South South-East affecting Samoa with heavy rain, causing flooding, and gusty winds of between 39-54 miles per hour from Friday 9 February 2018.

12 Feb 2018 description

Tropical Cyclone GITA formed over the Southern Pacific Ocean on 9 February, close to Wallis and Futuna. It has passed near Samoa, American Samoa and east of Niue, causing damage and floods, especially in Samoa.