Samoa hit by floods again

MICHAEL FIELD
Last updated 16:53 01/02/2013
Apia, Samoa
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FLEE: The Vaisigano River near the capital of Apia has burst its bank and dozens are fleeing to higher ground.

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Flooding has once again hit the Samoan capital of Apia, just over a month after Cyclone Evan shattered the city and killed 15 people.

The Vaisigano River has burst its bank and dozens of people are fleeing to higher ground.

Much of the torrent of water is going over land and property ruined in Cyclone Evan.

Local media reported several hours ago that despite a flood warning, many people were refusing to leave their homes.

Talamua website said people did not want to see their homes looted like they were during Evan.

Police spokesperson Leaupepe Fatu Pula emphasized that this is no reason for people to risk their lives.

"They have to evacuate if it came to that and the police will have to use force to evacuate them if they still refused," Leaupepe said.

"There lives are more important than any mere TV or stereo."

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