Sunday, October 4, 2009

119 Dead, Villages 'Wiped Out' in Samoa Tsunami

Sept. 29: A main road in the downtown area of Fagatogo, American Samoa is flooded after towering tsunami waves swept ashore.(AP)
APIA, Samoa-Police in green reflective vests searched a ghastly landscape of mud-strewn streets, pulverized homes and bodies scattered in a swamp Wednesday as dazed survivors emerged from the muck and mire of an earthquake and tsunami that killed 119 in the South Pacific.Military transports flew medical personnel, food, water and medicine to the islands of Samoa and American Samoa, which were devastated by the wall of water triggered by Tuesday morning's undersea earthquake. One cargo plane from New Zealand brought in a temporary morgue and a body identification team — with officials expecting the death toll to rise as more areas are searched...

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