Samoa Disaster Authorities To Close Temporary Shelters

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Council says sufficient relief provided, shelters to close on Jan. 5

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Jan. 3, 2013) – Samoa’s National Disaster Council says it will close all temporary shelters this week and start moving people displaced by tropical cyclone Evan back to their homes.

The Council says the decision to close the shelters comes after consultations regarding evacuees returning to their villages.

It also says it’s now time to start the process of rebuilding.

The Council says sufficient relief supplies have been provided to families over the last three weeks; and school buildings and facilities used as shelters need to be cleaned and ready for the commencement of the school year at the end of January.

The shelters will officially close on the 5th of January 2013 at midday.

However, personnel at the National Emergency Operation Centre will be on call in case of emergencies.

Meanwhile, remaining shelters either under the control of denominational groups or Alii and Faipule of villages will continue to get some assistance.

Rural shelters in West Upolu number 30 and East Upolu number 33.

In addition, approximately 1,150 individual requests for assistance from affected families were dealt with by the National Emergency Operation Centre.

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