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American Samoa receives major disaster declaration

September 11, 2014

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — The federal government is approving American Samoa’s request for help with storms, flooding and landslides that caused more than $5 million in damage and left one person dead.

The White House announced the major disaster declaration for the territory on Wednesday. The territory’s governor wrote to President Barack Obama last month for help with the heavy rain, flooding and landslides that occurred from July 29 to Aug. 3, which left many people homeless.

The declaration makes federal funding available to local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations to repair or replace damaged facilities.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says additional disaster designations could be made later if requested by the territory, based on damage assessments. Someone from FEMA visited Pago Pago for two days last month to assess the damage.

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