PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT

Pacific Islands Development Program/Center for Pacific Islands Studies

SAMOANS EXAMINING DAMAGE FROM CYCLONE TUI

APIA, Samoa (January 27, 1998 - PACNEWS)---Samoans are cleaning up downed trees and other debris and taking careful stock of the damage caused by Cyclone Tui, which swept past the Polynesian country Monday.

A police spokesman says there was no loss of life.

Apia, the capital was left mostly untouched, but large crop losses and some infrastructure damage are reported on the Big Island of Savai'i.

Electricity to most of Samoa has been restored.

Cyclone Tui, which brought gale force winds, heavy rain and rough seas to Samoa and neighboring American Samoa is no longer a threat here. The National Weather Service at Pago Pago cancelled the cyclone warning this morning. Small craft warnings, however, are still in effect.

Schools are closed today, but Polynesian Airlines and Samoa Air have resumed flights.

Cyclone Tui now is heading south towards Niue.