Evan creates havoc in Samoa
December 14, 2012 12:06 am
People of Samoa are still in shock over the havoc created by cyclone Evan says Keni Lesa the Editor of one of Samoa’s newspaper, the Samoa Observer.
Speaking with FBC News Lesa says the weather has calm down and people are now going out to inspect the damage caused.
Evan battered Samoa throughout last night.
“At the moment it has sort of calmed down. Yesterday it was really bad and last night was worse and now this morning it has kind of slowed down and people are getting out now just inspecting the damage. There is a lot of damage especially to the agriculture sector. Many houses have also been destroyed so I’d say easily looking at town and I have come back from looking at some villages and we looking at millions and millions of dollars worth of damages.”
Lesa says people had very little time to prepare themselves.
“Like I said we’ve just woken up and people are shocked – it came so quickly – the cyclone – they were not given enough time to prepare. It was only yesterday morning the warning was issued and by midday Evan had already stuck – so people had very little time to prepare so people are just waking up this morning and they are really shocked.”
Phone lines and power have been cut to much of Samoa as Cyclone Evan batters the island nation for a second day.
The storm is hitting Apia this morning with greater force, after killing at least three people – including two children – yesterday.
Winds close to the cyclone’s centre are predicted to increase to 120 km/h to 145 km/h within the next 6-12 hours.