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Tsunami should not stop improvements

By Pio Sioa APIA, Samoa (Samoalive News, Nov. 30, 2009) - The rebuilding of Aleipata Wharf is going ahead for many of the reasons that the Minister of Works, Tuisugaletaua Sofara Aveau is optimistic about.

The first is that the development is needed for Aleipata because it will bring a lot of good returns as it grows into a small township, where people can start up business and offer employment.

Tuisugaletaua is also optimistic that the next tsunami will not be around until ‘another 60 or a hundred years’

"I don’t know if there was any tsunami before this one but in all my years of rowing up till now, this is the first time I have seen a tsunami," he told a media conference on Friday.

"Only God knows when the next tsunami will come but it won’t come again tomorrow, so I don’t see why we should be pessimistic about it."

The Minister agreed with the people relocating to the higher grounds for their safety, but see no reason why the same should be done to the wharf.

He felt however that it will add to the emotional strain of the tsunami affected people of Aleipata, if the rebuilding of the wharf does not go ahead.

Tuisugaletaua appeared concerned about adding to the depression the people are already suffering.

"The rebuilding of the wharf will boost their hopes, as well."

The Minister is solely responsible for most of the restoration works underway at the tsunami affected villages, especially the hard hit ones at Aleipata.

He confirmed that building materials for more than 90 tsunami shelters has been disbursed to the families, under the Government programme.

Work has been progressing well also in other key areas like roads, electricity and water supply.

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