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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 29, 1998 - Radio Australia)--- Heavy storms over the weekend have almost returned rainfall levels for September to normal, but they also have brought floods to several villages.

The heavy rains came following the worst drought in the U.S. South Pacific territory's history.

A large number of underground water wells are shut down because of high salt content, but two desalination machines -- to make the water drinkable -- have been acquired with support from the federal government in Washington.

A spokesperson for the American Samoa Power Authority's water division said that the machines should be installed and operating by next week.

The wells need about two months of steady rainfall to fully recover from nearly four months of dry, rainless weather, he added.

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