Update (3 October): I am completely re-editing this entry to reflect the new information.
People still searching are at the bottom of the page here.
Te'o and family are fine. We were told there are no deaths. Te'o was involved in church function when we visited and we did not speak with him. We did speak with a relative from Apia, who said the family was fine. People are looking for their phone number, so if you have it, pass it along.
The entire FaoFao family is safe. I spoke with Koroseta (Sui) today and she is in good spirits considering.
They are in the process of rebuilding. John and Don Bosco are building them a new bar and they hope to have it open this weekend. Next goal, beach fales. If you want to help with the recovery efforts here, just let me know and I can pass information along.
There is damage in this village, mostly from flooding. It did not see the extreme destruction seen in Lalomanu or Saleapaga. The family we were seeking was found inland and everyone is safe. Also the principal of the Aleipata District Secondary School is safe, as is her family. The school lost one member, a teacher named Miriam.
A RPCV from Poutasi received word that a dear friend of hers died in the tsunami. She is also hearing reports of 50 deaths in a village of just over 300 people.
There was a great deal of damage to this village. When locating the fourth house past the Mormon Church, we had to use foundations for our house count, as three of the houses were missing. However, I have word that Alofa, Uni, Bon, Ropati and Analua are all fine.
Story in the Samoa Observer here.
From the 3News NZ website:
01 Oct 2009 12:43p.m.
Yes, Manono Island was hit, pretty badly. I have spoken with family from Faleu & Lepuiai. Thankfully everyone made it up the mountain. No casualties. As for Salua, they weren't affected, only a little bit of Apai. You can't walk through from Lepuiai to Faleu as it covered in debris and massive rocks from the sea. The lagoon is empty with no water. At the moment they are trying to clean up but homes have been lost, there is nothing left, the sea took everything. Very sad but happy that everyone on Manono Island are safe and well. No doubt they will band together and help each other out. Of all the boats from the island there is only 2 left. The churches are still standing and some houses are still erect. The Grave of 99 stones is gone, graves on the shoreline are all gone. It'll be a long process to get Manono Island back to it's original state but God will be them all the way.
This comes from AJ: NZ Herald website today says Lydia, Joe and all staff and guests at Litia Sini are safe. Big relief to all former guests, they are such lovely peaple. But they have lost nieces and nephews according to a report from Samoa yesterday- (apparently Lydia was interviewed on Samoa Radio)
Many people who stayed there in the past are interested in helping the family that was devastated by the tsunami. AJ tells us on the blog we can "Try emailing Monique Faleafa who is a colleage of the daughter of a friend of mine and knows Ben Taufua, she can give you an account number to put money into if you want, also they were filling a container with donated goods but I think it's already sailed. email@example.com"
Faleaseela is fine. Jane and Oslen at the river fales in Lalotaile are safe, the fales are intact and open for business.
We went to Utulaelae and met people who say they are part of the Hunt family. The woman we spoke to has the last name of Hunt through marriage. They said that Al Hunt evacuated inland and was not there, but is fine. The names of the people we met are Tavati, Aniva, and Asuelu. The village appeared to suffer damage from flooding. We were told there were no deaths in the village. The Red Cross was there when we were.
Papauta and Alafua
Both villages are on the north side and high up the mountain. They are fine.
Government Buildings in Apia
All of Apia is fine. However, rumor has it the new Development Bank building was condemned due to earthquake damage. This has not been confirmed.
I can tell you that this side of the island say no effect. Some teachers from Wesley College and Laumua o Punaoa lost family members on the south side and I mentioned the car wreck that took the life of a Wesley student. Rev. Logopati Mataafa is the pule at Wesley College now (he and his family were in New Zealand for years, but returned late last year). Logopati, Lofi and their children are fine. Logopati's brother is the pulenuu of a village on the south side that was hit, however, my understand is that his family is safe as well. To reach Wesley College email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
People Still Searching
This village is further west than the information I have. I know that Coconuts in Maninoa was destroyed, but Saanapu is further west than that. I have reports that there were no deaths west of the Cross Island Road.
I believe is the village I know only as Falelatai. I have not heard anything out of that side of the island. All rescue efforts are focused on the south east tip.
Lotofaga in Safata
A RPCV, who lived there and worked with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Marine Protected Area (MPA) project, is seeking information on those living in Lotofaga-tai at the MPA center.
Telesia Ieremia at the front desk at Apia Central from the village of Maasina.
Volunteers are asking after their training village.