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Cyclone Evan – assistance for Samoa and Fiji

December 15, 2012

Australia has offered immediate assistance including expert personnel and supplies, to assist in recovery after Cyclone Evan which threatens both Pacific island nations.

The Cyclone struck Samoa on Thursday December 13 leaving at least 2 dead and 3,000 homeless.

‘Our hearts go out to the Samoan community in the wake of this tragedy,’ Senator Carr said.

‘Australia has offered immediate humanitarian assistance, with Ausaid personnel already on the ground in Apia to assist in relief co-ordination.

‘We’ll be consulting with the Samoan Government today on how we can further assist with emergency relief.’

Senator Carr said further assistance may include deployment of members of the Australian Civilian Corps, currently on standby.

Two people have been confirmed dead in Samoa in the aftermath of the category 3 cyclone. More than 3000 people are sheltering in evacuation centres and large parts of Samoa have lost access to power or water supplies.

Australia is working closely with New Zealand, France and other donors to coordinate efforts in Samoa. The cyclone is expected to make landfall in Fiji on Sunday.

Senator Carr said Australian authorities had been in contact with the Fijian Government overnight to offer early assistance.

There have been no reports to date of any Australians being injured by the cyclone in Samoa.

Senator Carr said Australians who were unable to contact friends or family caught in the aftermath of the Cyclone, should call the Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135.

Australians in Samoa and Fiji have been advised by the High Commission to monitor local weather conditions and media, and to follow the instructions of authorities on evacuations or relief measures.

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