Flood Ravaged Am. Samoa Declare Federal Disaster Area

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Declaration paves way for federal aid to flow into territory

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Sept. 11, 2014) – The US President has declared a major disaster exists in American Samoa and ordered federal aid to supplement recovery efforts there.

Over the last couple of months severe storms, flooding and landslides have affected areas of the territory.

Federal funding is now available to territory and local governments and some private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis.

The funds can be used for emergency work and the repair of damaged facilities.

Funding is also available for hazard mitigation measures.

Officials say additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the territory and warranted by the results of further assessments.

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