Samoa to use New Zealand, Australian fund to rebuild homes

15:19, October 12, 2009      

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Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said millions of dollars in aid from Australia and New Zealand will help rebuild homes lost in the tsunami and repair damaged infrastructure.

The New Zealand and Australian governments have announced they will each give the Samoan government 4.5 million U.S. dollars for the tsunami recovery.

The Samoan prime minister said families will be given some money to help rebuild homes, and five destroyed schools may have to be relocated inland, Radio New Zealand International reported on Monday.

He said he's happy with the support New Zealand and Australia are offering.

He added that electricity has almost been completely restored in Samoa.

But digging bore holes and laying pipelines to restore the water supply will take longer, and water is currently being provided by water-tanks on trucks, he added.

Source:Xinhua
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