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Tsunami death toll rise to 149

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Tsunami death toll rise to 149


At least 149 people have died in the tsunami that struck the Samoan islands and Tonga on Tuesday. Survivors are continuing to search through the debris for bodies and salvageable items. Workers are fixing electricity lines.

For one woman, her father’s body was found yesterday and today her mother’s. She was comforted by police before the body of her mother was driven awa

The chief doctor at a hospital in Apia said that almost 200 people had been treated for tsunami-related illnesses – the most common being lacerations, near drowning cases, cuts and bruises

Dr Lemalu Fiu said: “All the people who’ve come to the hospital alive are currently well and all of them are looked after well. They’re all well. We’ve had 101 dead bodies this afternoon that have come so far.”

A huge undersea quake generated four powerful tsunamis. Waves reached at least 6 metres high.

The United Nations said it was sending an emergency team to Samoa.

The European Union has released an initial amount of 150,000 euros in aid for the victims. Samoan officials say it could take a week before the full extent of the damage is known and the death toll is expected to continue to rise.

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