WELLINGTON, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- Aid agencies across the Pacific are gearing up for months of weather-related crises as a result of a "super-charged El Nino" weather pattern.
The Red Cross has been working with governments since May when meteorologists began warning that this southern summer could see a major El Nino - a disruptive oscillation of the weather patterns brought about by a coupling of warmer than usual waters and atmospheric pressure changes in the Pacific.
WELLINGTON, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- Samoa's tsunami-battered region of Aleipata was being hit by the newly-formed Cyclone Nisha, the Samoa Meteorological Division said on Thursday.
Thousands of people were still living in the open after tsunami occurred on Sept.
WELLINGTON, Nov 06, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The New Zealand government will provide Samoa with a further 4 million NZ dollars (2.9 million U.S.
APIA, Oct 31, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Onolima Tino and Suiama Samuelu, residents of Samoan village of Lalomanu which were most hit by the Sept.
WELLINGTON, Oct 18, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The government in Samoa is to partly pay to rebuild the homes damaged or destroyed by the tsunami.
It will provide a grant of around 8,500 U.S.
WELLINGTON, Oct 17, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Samoa government has approved financial compensation for people who died during the tsunami last month through the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC).
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has said the compensation will cover contributors of the ACC who died in the natural disaster as well as non contributors to the fund such as the elderly and children, Radio New Zealand International reported on Saturday.
The prime minister said families of the elderly will be getting 3,000 U.S.
APIA, Samoa, Oct 06, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi said the most difficult job the country faces is reconstruction of the damaged houses in the tsunami and he called for more fund from the international community.
As of Monday (local time), the official death toll from the devastating tsunami on Sept. 29 has reached 142 and seven others are still missing.
WELLINGTON, Oct 02, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The death toll from the 8.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck the South Pacific rose to at least 165 on Friday as aftershocks continued to jolt the region.
The combined death toll from Wednesday's powerful tsunami which hit Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga following a 8.0 magnitude quake is at least 165.
Dozens of aftershocks have rocked the region, including a 6.3 magnitude quake on Friday afternoon. The U.S. Geological Survey said the shallow quake struck nearly 250 km off Tonga's north-west island of Neiafu.